One of the first things I like to do with my clients, is help them identify their major investment themes, and how those investment themes support their vision for the product. Said another way, we work together to identify the major epics they want to build, and then we talk about how those epics are […]
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In my series called “Future of Project Management Software” I am talking with Project Management software vendors about their view of the future. This time I am talking to John Reeve from Pelago, creators of Intervals. I especially like the fact that they support a good cause: “One Percent for the Planet” (see final question). […]
When migrating a product from a traditional approach to an agile one, teams commonly bring along a large database of bugs. These are the result of an inadequate focus on continuously high quality. Shortly into their agile initiative, many teams (and their product owners) decide to aggressively work through the bug backlog. A common approach […]
One of the reasons some folks struggle with the idea of relative estimation, is that they want a tool to hold people accountable for doing what they say they are going to do. You said this would take 40 hours, I gave you a week to do it, why isn’t it done yet? Sounds reasonable… […]
How do you welcome new employees? Normally, it is a rite of passage that all new developers must search some documentation and struggle with setting up their development environment. Let me state for the record that I absolutely hate this concept. I understand the need for understanding the environment you are working in, but you […]
Sometimes you shift to automatic pilot. When your brain is tired, you react instantly to information. Every stimulus gets a fast and automatic response. Fear locks your brain too. “Our people, good. Other people, bad.” “Mac, good. Windows, bad.” “Same, good. Different, bad.” This “automatic pilot” is based upon our mental model that happens to […]
After years of studying the problem, I’ve come up with a foolproof way to determine if Scrum is right for a given project. Here it is: Pick a number from 1 – 9. Multiply by 3. Add 3, then multiply by 3 again. You will get your answer by adding the two digits together and […]
I occasionally see teams that want to put an estimate of “business value” on each user story. They usually do this for either or both of two reasons: to be able to measure the amount of “business value” delivered to the organization, usually graphing this sprint by sprint to be able to prioritize user stories […]
A client asked me last week “When will my team be done with this project?” This is probably the bazillionth time I’ve been asked that question in one way or another. I have never once been asked, “How hard will my team have to think to develop this project?” Clients, bosses, customers, and stakeholders care […]
On an agile project—as well as in many other cases—there is no single, wringable neck. To say there is a way of releasing the rest of the team from responsibility.