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Becoming a Leading Manager

My most recent post, We Cannot Choose Between Management And Leadership, has struck a chord. That’s the good news. The bad news is I have not defined enough terms. Okay, I’ll attempt ...
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Are Agile plans Better because they are Feature-Based?

In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn quotes Jim Highsmith on why Agile projects are better: “One of the things I keep telling people is that agile planning is “better” ...
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Why an Agile Project Manager is Not a Scrum Master

A reader asked why the lifecycle in Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams, Part 1 is not Scrum. It’s not Scrum for these reasons:The project manager and product ...
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The pursuit of protection: How much testing is “enough”?

I’m definitely not a testing expert. I’m a manager who wants to know when the software that we are building is finished, safe and ready to ship. Large-scale enterprise systems – ...
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Programs and Technical Debt

Once you have a program (a collection of interrelated projects focused on one business goal) and you have technical debt, you have a much bigger problem. Not just because the technical ...
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Why Does Management Care About Velocity?

I’ve been talking to people whose management cares about their velocity. “My management wants us to double our velocity.” Or, “My management wants us to do more in a sprint.” ...
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You don’t need Testers – Or do you?

I talk to a lot of people in both big and small software development organizations about how they manage software development, how they’re organized, what practices they follow and ...
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Infrastructure, Technical Debt, and Automated Test Framework

I’ve had several conversations in email and with clients recently that have all been about this question: “What do we do about our infrastructure?” Either the project or the program ...
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Software Engineering needs leaders, not ScrumMasters!

I recently reflected on SCRUM and the role of the ScrumMaster. We know that a ScrumMaster should act as a servant-leader; she should provide guidance but not decisions, removing impediments ...
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Agile Lifecycles for Geographically Distributed Teams

I’ve been working with geographically distributed and dispersed teams for the past couple of years. Some of them on quite large programs, some of them reasonably small. What they ...
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