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The BlogNotions Developers Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in the software development industry. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the latest technological advances and platforms, discussions of various problems and solutions, best practices to managing projects, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

The Role of High-Level Estimates

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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Future of Project Management Software: Intervals

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). […]

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Should Story Points Be Assigned to A Bug-Fixing Story

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 […]

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Rite Of Passage Or Useless Time Suck

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 […]

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Running On Autopilot Or Being Mindful. The Stress-Energy Paradox

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 […]

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How to Know if Scrum Is Right for Your Project

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 […]

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The Problems with Estimating Business Value

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 […]

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It’s Effort, Not Complexity

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 […]

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