Posts Tagged ‘project management’

Managing Client Behavior for Optimal Sprint Performance

I’ve a new article published on Mike Cohn’s Front Row Agile web site: Managing Client Behavior for Optimal Sprint Performance. Related PostsPracticing Agile – Building Mastery One Day At A Time Moving Past “I Don’t Know” Collaboration and Code Authorship Credits Achieving 10x The World Needs More Booths

That Isn’t What I Expected

Adverse surprises during a team driven project are about as welcome as whooping cough at a glassblowers convention. Minimizing the opportunity for surprises comes down to how well expectations are defined at the very beginning and how well they are managed during the course of the project. Unidentified expectations are like landmines in the project […]

Agile Team Composition: Generalists versus Specialists

In a previous post, I described several of the shortcomings with planning poker, particularly when the tool is used in a context that includes more than just the developer’s shop. Estimating levels of effort for a set of tasks by a close knit group of individuals well qualified to complete those tasks can efficiently and […]

Agile Planning Poker has a Tell

As an exercise, planning poker can be quite useful in instances where no prior method or process existed for estimating levels of effort. Problems arise when organizations don’t modify the process to suite the project, the composition of the team, or the organization. The most common team composition for these these types of sizing efforts […]

Agile 2.0

The IT radar is showing increased traffic related to The-Next-Big-Thing-After-Agile. The hype suggests it’s “Agile 2.0” or perhaps “Ultra Light Agile.” This also suggests the world is ready for something I’ve been working on for quite some time: Ultimate Ultra Extreme Lean-To-The-Bone Hyper Flexible Agile Software Development Methodology. The essence of all previous methodologies distilled […]

What Language Do You Speak?

The Logitech webcam software installer doesn’t seem to know what to offer. QA and testing. Still important. Related PostsFrameworks, theoretically speaking… Free online education opportunity from Stanford University LinkedIn and Dunbar’s Number

ROWE and Formal Project Management

Reading Michelle Symonds’ article “Why Project Management and ROWE Don’t Mix” and Jody Thompson’s response, “OMG. WTF? Pt.4” left me with one conclusion. Symonds is more focused on solution whereas Thompson is more focused on selling ROWE. They both make valid points and I’ve used – even relied on – aspects of product and personnel […]

QA and Testing – The Importance of Being Thorough

QA and testing is not easy. Those who do it well deserve good pay. Those who don’t, can make life interesting for a company in unpleasant and embarrassing ways. Case in point: I subscribe to a company, called HomeAgain, which provides lost pet recovery services for people who have micochiped their pets. It’s inexpensive and […]

Everyone is a student, everyone is a teacher

A Buddhist proverb reads, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I have found this to be true and it marks one of the many ways in which my life has been fortunate. As is often the case with proverbs, there is a corollary which is equally true: “When a student appears, the […]