Here is a good quote:
Now I have to tell you something, and I mean this in the best and most inoffensive way possible: I don’t believe in process. In fact, when I interview a potential employee and he or she says that ‘it’s all about the process,’ I see that as a bad sign … The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking. You’re encouraged to behave...read more
In Saturday’s (8/2/2013) Wall Street Journal, Dan Ariely suggests that to reach a decision, and often just to make progress, you need deadlines. Deadlines ‘force’...read more
The “Bucket System” is a way to do estimation of large numbers of items with a small to medium sized group of people, and to do it quickly. The Bucket System has the following...read more
I’ve seen many comments on the topic of estimation in the past year, and I’m starting to notice some trends and assumptions in them. One of the common assumptions is that,...read more
The second line in the ScrumButt Test says: Software must be tested and working by the end of each iteration.
This is the second of three items that confirm that the team (project)...read more
Yes, we need a public impediment list. Every Team does.
One argument against is that all impediments should be eliminated immediately. Yes, if this were possible, this should...read more
Life is all about balance, live too
conservatively and you run the risk of missing out on life’s adventures and
opportunities. Live too wildly and you run the risk of misfortune and...read more
I was reading Laurent Bossavit’s book, “The Leprechauns of Software Engineering—How folklore turns into fact and what to do about it,” and came across his mention...read more
A good strategy that I have used for dealing with complex agile transformations in large enterprises has two parts: bottom-up implementation and top-down intent. As Mike puts it, this...read more
I have gotten a few questions lately that go about like this:
We are starting Scrum. We have the kind of projects that require scaling. But how do we start with Scrum and have some...read more
I was in a workshop just the other day and asked if everyone was aware of the dynamics of the classic project management iron triangle. While most people had heard of it, it was apparent that...read more
Some teams seem to approach Retrospectives without a real drive to succeed. Or so it seems. They just use it to ‘talk’. About the ‘good, the bad, the ugly’ as I sometimes...read more
There is a saying that goes something like this: If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.
When we create new products or add new capabilities to an existing...read more