Do you know the broken window theory? It originates from the USA and tries to answer the question why some empty buildings fall into disrepair within a very short time and others do not. The surprising realization: it often starts with a broken window. If this is not repaired immediately, people will soon break more windows, dump garbage in the house and turn it into a ruin in a short time. Opinions differ as to whether the “zero tolerance policy”, which is based on this realization and provides for severe penalties even for petty offenses, is actually a good idea. But for agile development teams, this theory contains an absolutely justifiable call: Stop the beginnings, otherwise morale will go down the drain at breathtaking speed! What are broken windowsin a project? For example

  • Open bugs
  • Unfinished Stories
  • Unrefactored, poorly structured code
  • Code fragments commented out
  • Unresolved knowledge monopolies
  • MissingUserDocumentation
  • Fancy Daily Scrums
  • Fancy retrospectives
  • Demonstrations of unfinished stories in Sprint Review

So let’s not allow “broken windows” in our projects.

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