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6 common mistakes when using spikes

During refinement a team member says:”I have no clue how to build this feature”. She warns we should not start working on the feature before doing a spike.

Mentioning spikes often creates confusion in a team. Every team member has their own opinion about what a spike is and the right time to use one. I was part of teams that wanted a spike for almost everything they worked on. I also worked with teams that rarely used spikes. Both approaches were suboptimal. When is using a spike appropriate?




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