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Test Your Agile Knowledge

Been working on my professional site this week, which is basically my online resume. I wanted more control over how I present myself than simply using LinkedIn or some other service.

As part of that, instead of doing any kind of selling, I decided to make some quizzes! Yay! I finished the first yesterday, which is an Agile Knowledge Quiz

Since we're all Agile folks, I figure some of you would want to test yourself. See how much you know. If nothing else, 52 Agile questions should lead to a lot of conversation!

http://danielbmarkham.com/Agile-Knowledge-Quiz.html
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The only Chinese Wall I know about is the Great Wall.
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Feature flags are one of those simple things you do in programming that can have tremendous impact.

I tell people that bad organizations take a tough problem and give it to a person. Good organizations find ways to code and automate their way around tough problems.

http://blog.launchdarkly.com/feature-flag-driven-releases/
Using feature flags to incorporate a release strategy into your development process
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Very nice article!
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Hi guys,

This is my twice- annual business post.

I'm looking to pick up some new clients late summer and fall!

If you know of any company that would like a detailed introduction to Agile/Scrum, an advanced course on creating and maintaining backlogs, or hands-on coaching with teams or groups of teams in a program? I'd like to chat with them. Hook us up.

Now here's a picture of a cat.
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Coaching Fun

Had a great intro course over the last couple days with some folks. Today we sat down and started Sprint 1.

As part of Sprint Planning, we fired up the linux VM, started installing and running some cucumber. Somebody goes, 'Oh, are we really starting now?"

Yes. We are really starting now.
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I prefer to answer that query as - no, we already started some time ago...

By the time many people think something related to change has started - the people instigating the change have already thought and planned and sceamed about it for a long time... most "starts" happen before we are aware of them.
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This seems to be the wave of the future.

Companies and folks seem to insist on taking people and putting them into specialty roles, as much as we talk against it. In fact, the number of buzzwords and roles keeps growing every year.

If that's the way it's going to be, looks like the only answer is the entire team doing single piece flow, aka mob programming.

http://underthehood.meltwater.com/blog/2016/06/01/mob-programming/
June 01, 2016 Posted by Karin Obermüller and Jeff Campbell | Comments Mob Programming - the Go...
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Yes. I think the unspoken bit here is "be prepared to work through problems you may have swept under the rug until now."
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Ouch!
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I don't do poems often, but here's one:

Outside we have cats.

Outside we have birds.

For both we have nice little feeders

But cat food is all our birds care to eat

Our cats can no longer be breeders
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Hi guys,

I was wondering if there were any other sole proprietor Agile/Scrum/etc coaches who were interested in starting a mastermind group?

For those of you who don't know, a mastermind group is basically a regular meeting of highly motivated folks who share a common goal and are looking to encourage and help each other improve.

For small business owners or entrepreneurs, it can be very useful to get on the phone once a week or so and talk about similar problems, tactics, and strategies.

This wouldn't be about Agile -- we already have this group for that. This would be about the business of Agile: marketing, sales, contracts, etc. And let's keep it to the mom-and-pop, direct-sales folks. If you've got some group or organization where a bunch of you already work together, or you're always working through somebody else? This probably isn't for you.

If anybody's interested, IM me. We'll set up a Skype.
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A team recently insisted that I coach some kind of tool to track team progress across multiple locations.

At the time, I was teaching the team "what is the simplest, tiniest thread that I can draw through the system to provide value?"

I thought this would make a good example for us to discuss.

Our answer? A markdown text file checked into GitHub.
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For all the folks who are required to stand up in front of folks and give training, what do you use for feedback?

I've tried various things in the past, and I've seen a lot of stuff done -- feedback cards, feedback apps, even 2-D barcodes you could scan to vote one way or another.

I want to revamp my old handout system. Anybody using web surveys? I already do a course retro, which is mainly for helping the team learn better based on their particular needs. I'm looking more towards asking folks for a considered opinion about what I personally could do better with other clients.

Thoughts?
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+Daniel Markham Google forms will do conditional branching or questions. It works well. 
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Hi Oscar.
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Funny! h/t to +David Koontz for the pic on Twitter.
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Hey there. I'm Daniel Markham. You might know me from my blog, What To Fix. Or you might have seen me on Hacker News.I big into Agile and making teams look more like Google and less like the IRS. I founded Tiny Giant Books, the best place on the internet for Agile help. You might not know that I run a couple of other small sites, like one for Paycheck Stub Trivia and one to help folks with Neuropathy in Feet.

I'm always interested in hearing stories about small teams and startups, and I love reading a good author. I like long walks in the park, a warm sunset after a long day's work, and 

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