Once upon a time, before “agile”, the IT world teemed with scary monsters—huge methodologies in multiple 3-ring binders, processes stacked upon processes and excruciatingly detailed documents ad infinitum. This was the 1980’s when proponents of methodologies such as Information Engineering spent 18-24 months in strategic IT planning before any projects were started! Another 18-24 months […]The...read more
How to use ideas from the great book by Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow.
Recently I read a fascinating book by Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow. It has tons of insights....read more
IDEO - redesigns the classic shopping cart, ABC Nightline looks at how the IDEO process of innovation really works.Steve Jobs on the iPhone/tablet development sequence - which came...read more
There is a lot of advice out there for how to write requirements. There is not as much discussion about why to write requirements. Spend some time thinking about why you write requirements...read more
What I’m seeing at many of my clients is an inability to know what will be completed in the next release. This shows up as missed dates and frustration over broken commitments...read more
Over the past few months I've had several people ask me whether it makes sense to offshore agile testing, and more importantly when it makes sense to do so. So I thought I...read more
A team needs guidelines when starting to use automated tests. Not only is the development of tests expensive in terms of development time but on going maintenance of test also consume...read more
Notes from Tim Mackinnon's session about Pairing anit-patterns at XPDay. The flipchart lists the following: Magpie - likes shiny things Keyboard hog - doesn't share control Backseat...read more
I've been putting my shoulder to a wheel which Jim Highsmith has steadily pushed for a long time, and which Gojko Adzic has started actively evangelizing over the past year or so, which...read more
There has been a lot of discussion in the community lately about scaling. With specific discussion of the SAFe and LeSS frameworks.
We don’t have a strong opinion on many of...read more
There are several ways to answer the question “is agile cheaper than waterfall?” Here are two of my favorites:
“It depends. Agile done well is cheaper, as long as...read more
LeadingAgile uses Agile Health Metrics to demonstrate the results of our process improvement efforts and to identify areas that need further improvement. We have many internal documents...read more
Mirek Woźniak recently sent me an email telling me about something they're doing to draw out people's emotions (literally) and gain a better understanding of team morale. It's a kind...read more