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Agile outside of software

Later this week I’m doing a presentation at Agile On The Beach entitled: “Agile outside of software development”. (I resisted the temptation to call it “Agile Beyond Software”). ...
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Managers Manage Ambiguity

I was thinking about the Glen Alleman’s post, All Things Project Are Probabilistic. In it, he says, Management is Predictionas a inference from Deming. When I read this quote, If ...
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Metrics: Good VS Evil

Pop quiz: What do earned value, burn-down charts, and coverage reports have in common? They are all reporting a metric, sure. But you could have gotten that from the title. Let’s ...
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Capacity Planning and the Project Portfolio

I was problem-solving with a potential client the other day. They want to manage their project portfolio. They use Jira, so they think they can see everything everyone is doing. (I’m ...
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5 Things I’ve learnt being a scrum master

I’ve been a scrum master now for about 6 months. Having been involved in scrum previously as a product owner, as well as a developer, moving into this role has really opened my ...
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From Personas to User Stories

Summary User stories are a powerful technique to capture the product functionality from the perspective of a user or customer. But how do we discover the right stories? When should ...
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People Are Not Resources

My manager reviewed the org chart along with the budget. “I need to cut the budget. Which resources can we cut?” “Well, I don’t think we can cut software licenses,” I was ...
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Hiring Trap: I’ll Wait for the Best Person

A senior product manager had a great interview the other day. “I know the industry. I worked on the first generation of their product. I know their customers. I could do this job. ...
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Nightmare on Agile Street

I’m awake. I’m lying in my bed. I’m sweating but I’m cold. Its the small hours of the morning and the dream is as vivid as it is horrid…. I’m standing in a clients offices, ...
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Agile Outsourcing is Like Marriage – A 5-Step Agile Outsourcing How-To

There’s a lot of horror stories in offshore outsourcing of software development, but every once in a while you hear of excellent partnerships. Sounds a lot like marriages, doesn’t ...
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