Archive for January, 2011

Typical Agile Process

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The below is a list of what a typical Agile process entails.  It was taken from an article about Kanban development at  It’s a good reference and summary for anyone who just wants a basic outline of the Agile Software Development Methodology process.

  1. Project needs or requirements are expressed in user stories placed in a backlog, and ideally written by Product owners (in Scrum), or customers (in XP) in collaboration with the development team. (Sometimes they magically appear.)
  2. Developers give high-level estimates saying how long user stories will take to complete.
  3. Product owners arrange user stories into incremental releases that take typically 6 weeks to 6 months.
  4. Product owners choose the next stories, highest value first, for each development time-box. The stories chosen need to “fit” into the time-box based on how quickly the team can produce software.
  5. At the end of each development time-box the team should have incrementally built some of the product. The team (proudly) demonstrates the finished product to product owners and other stakeholders.
  6. The team adds up the development estimates for the user stories completed during the time-box. This is the velocity (from XP) that’ll be used to estimate the amount that can be completed in the next time-box.
  7. The team holds a retrospective to evaluate how well they’ve done and what changes could be made to the process to allow things to go better, then the next time-boxed development cycle is planned.
  8. Time-boxed development continues through to release — which is a short way of saying “rinse and repeat.”

Finger Painting on the Apple iPad with Brushes

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

This is a pretty amazing video of finger painting on the Apple iPad using the Brushes App.  Enjoy!