Archive | July, 2012

Geek Reading July 27, 2012

I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my Google Reader feeds. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. Double Shot #924 ( A Fresh Cup) Working with […]

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What is a Qualified User Story?

Regardless of the client I work with, the teams seem to initially struggle with understanding how big (or small) a User Story is, relative to Epics, Features, and Tasks.  It doesn’t help when they first ask how big user stories are and my first response is “it depends“. It’s not uncommon to find team members […]

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Handling Requirements from Architects Outside the Team

I was recently asked what I thought about using the “Wise Architects” in a company to provide technical oversight to the multiple teams on a project. A common objection to this is that the architects are outside the team and should not, therefore, have any say in how the team builds whatever it is that […]

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Who Influenced You? – Postcard From Shrinkonia.

Postcards from Shrinkonia are short expressions of your culture. They help exploring your flags, so those who should can easily find you. You can print the template, fill it and send it to others as a postcard from Shrinkonia. What do you consider your thing, your freak flag? Who influenced you? This is what mine […]

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Five Year Anniversary. Searching For Shrinkonia.

Today The Project Shrink is five years old. Five years of Big Adventures in Searching for Shrinkonia. Shrinkonia is a place where ragtag crews find connection and flow, so they can create amazing things together. Like Utopia. But way cooler. It’s located all over the world. And mobile. So it moves around. Shrinkonian culture involves […]

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YackTrack Will Be Shutting Down

It is with much regret that I must shut down YackTrack on August 15, 2012. There are a few reasons for this shutdown: I really do not have time to work on YackTrack, and have not had much time for at least a year. YackTrack has been limping along without many changes for a while […]

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Agile at the Speed of Trust – Relationship Trust

Once  Self Trust is established, the second wave of trust, Relationship Trust, can be tackled.   The Speed of Trust defines 13 behaviors as being critical to establishing trust in a relationship.  Although the book focuses on interpersonal trust, these behaviors also are critical for groups of people to establish trust within an organization.  Here are some […]

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Avoiding The Question “What Do You Do?”

I was sorting some old papers, looking for stuff to throw away, when I found the following piece in one of my old resumes. Before I tell you what is wrong with it, I have to explain my relationship with “ personal branding“. And there are things wrong. On so many levels. Do you know […]

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