Archive | June, 2013

What allows agile to succeed in an organization?

For over 10 years, agile methodologies continue to prove themselves in a wide variety of industries and applications, yet I still get the following question from clients: Will agile work for us?  I still feel that an organization will be successful with an agile transformation independent of industry, size of the organization, geographic distribution of […]

Continue Reading

Names Should Not Be Needed for User Stories

I've never been a fan of naming user stories. Stories should generally be short enough that naming them should not be necessary. Yes, novels and movies get names. But we don't name the sentences in a novel. Since I still haven't been to see The Great Gatsby movie I started re-reading the novel recently so […]

Continue Reading

Servant Leadership

We have moved from the command and control project manager approach of delivering software to a more coaching role. Here are a few guiding principles that are moving us in this direction: People generally want to do a good job. With proper guidance, support and clear direction a team will be successful. When a team […]

Continue Reading

How to let go of control. Maybe.

We think we’re talking about a key for a better, happier humanity as a whole: recognizing that the fluid movement necessary in transitions is the structure we seek. It’s not the solid walls, the monuments, the groups and ideas etched in stone that we were taught would keep us safe. And after another couple of […]

Continue Reading

Geek Reading June 21, 2013

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 daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, […]

Continue Reading

Geek Reading June 14, 2013

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 daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, […]

Continue Reading

Visual Evidence of an Agile Release

Below is a fancy release burnup chart (click it to see the full image) that visually shows the work of a team from a recent release by a LeadingAgile client. The red line effectively is the amount of risk. You can see that the team started the release with about 50% of their stories unsized, […]

Continue Reading

Three Tips for New ScrumMasters

One of the most common questions I get is “Now that I've taken a CSM class, what should I look out for when I return to the office?” While every situation is different, most new ScrumMasters should be aware of the following three issues. First, remember the values and principles, the why-we-do-what-we-do portion of agile. Without a […]

Continue Reading

Endo is the new fluent API

I tweeted this over the weekend .. a good title for a possible blog post .. endo is the new fluent API .. — Debasish Ghosh (@debasishg) June 1, 2013 My last two blog posts have been about endomorphisms and how it combines with the other functional structures to help you write expressive and composable […]

Continue Reading