Scientific Agile

Over a year ago I stated that there were programming process artifacts coming soon. Well I’m happy to state that the first two such documents are available here. One is a development workflow standard operating procedure for enhancing standard agile scrum practice. The other is some basic code style rules. Notice that these are contained … Read more

Agile Estimation: To Repoint or Not to Repoint?

There is a minority practice in Agile Scrum sometimes called Repointing. This article describes the practice, compares it to the usual practice, and concludes by recommending that teams do not engage in Repointing. The usual Agile estimation procedure for an existing issue is as follows: Optionally create a tentative story estimate during release, multi-sprint, or … Read more

Applied Unknowns Analysis

One of the major Austrian critiques of certain kinds of analysis focuses on uncertainty. You can make a forecast based on certain data, but something unexpected might come along and muck everything up. In the past I have described ways of overcoming this issue. These article contains 3 sections which do the following: Argues for … Read more

Skills in Overcoming Uncertainty

This article outlines some skills in overcoming uncertainty. It’s heavily biased toward software engineering. I also talk about environmental variables which help overcome uncertainty and risk in software development. Tldr: Skills include the ability to research, the ability to trial and error, and the practice of regularly learning, each of which have generic and project-specific … Read more

Rational Estimation and Price Under Uncertainty

This article talks about ways to deal with uncertainty, and I will also briefly define the concept in contrast with simple risk. Definitions: Uncertainty vs Risk Rational Estimation without Uncertainty Rational Estimation with Uncertainty 1 – Definitions: Uncertainty vs Risk Uncertainty and risk are both not simple economic phenomena. They are generic elements of complex … Read more