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User Stories are Rarely Appropriate

All tools are useful when used appropriately, and User Stories are no different. User stories are fantastic when used in small teams on small projects where the team is co-located ...
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Agile Myth #2: “Agile is About Project Management”

This is my third post on a multi-part series entitled, “Agile Myths and Misconceptions”. It’s based on the talk I gave at the first PSIA Softech Philippine Software ...
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Agile Myth #1: “Agile is a Methodology”

First of all, if you look up the word “methodology” in the dictionary, it says, “study of methods”. When people in the technical or research fields say “methodology”, ...
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What we forget about the Scientific Method

I get fed up hearing other Agile evangelists champion The Scientific Method, I don’t disagree with them, I use it myself but I think they are sometimes guilty of overlooking how the ...
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Do You Encourage People to Bring You Problems?

One of the familiar tensions in management is how you encourage or discourage people from bringing you problems. One of my clients had a favorite saying, “Don’t bring me problems. ...
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Agile VS Real Life

The Agile Manifesto tells us that: “We have come to value “Individuals and Interaction over Processes and Tools” Reality tells us otherwise. Want to do unit testing? ...
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Failed! You get what you deserve!

Consider this, few projects fail because of unusual or unforeseen problems.  If you are trying to go so fast that you don’t do your due diligence or decide to skip steps then ...
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More #NoEstimates

Quite an interesting conversation and reaction to the #NoEstimates post. Good questions too, and frankly, to some I don’t have answers. I’ll try, anyway. Let’s start with classic ...
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#NoEstimates

The main difficulty with forecasting the future is that it hasn’t yet happened. – James BurkeWhen I first heard about #NoEstimates, I thought it was not only provocative, ...
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The Product Owner’s Guide to the Sprint Retrospective

Summary The sprint retrospective is the key mechanism in Scrum to improve the way people work. Some product owners believe though that they should not attend the meeting, and if they ...
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