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What is the Future of Work?

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I just read Scott Berkun’s The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. For me, it was a mixed read. Yes, you can make a totally distributed team work. What you need to do:               Make all of the work visible Keep everyone focused on one project at a time Keep all ...

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To estimate or not to estimate, that is the question

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Disparaging those who provide software estimates seems to be a growing sport. At conferences, in blogs and the twitter-verse it seems open season for anyone who dares to suggest a software team should estimate. And heaven help anyone who says that an estimate might be accurate! Denigrating estimation seems to be the new testosterone charged must-have badge for any Agile ...

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Agile Product Planning: Vision, Strategy, and Tactics

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Product planning is just as important in an agile context as it is in a traditional setting. Unfortunately, some product owners focus so much on the product details and the tactical level that other planning aspects are neglected. But writing the right user stories and creating the right user interface design is difficult, if we haven’t thought about the product ...

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Telecommuting, Hoteling, and Managing Product Development

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There are two sides of this conversation about telecommuting: the employee side and the management side. I hope you stick around for both sides. You can yell at me at the end. Employees: You Owe the Company a Full Day of Work I’ve been thinking since Marissa Meyer’s announcement what I would say about the end of telecommuting at Yahoo!. ...

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Fragmented projects and overcommitted people

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In 2010 I wrote two articles on Burn-Out and exhaustion in software teams. Since then there were more and more articles of this kind printed in the major german press. Psychologists warn companies and individuals that we are doing “too much”. I agree with them. We have increased our daily speed by lots, and I believe the results are not ...

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Bumping Into Manager Rules

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You might have met a manager on a bad manager day. Equally as frustrating is when you work for a manager who has rules about problem solving. I once worked for a manager who proudly said to me, “Don’t bring me a problem without bringing me a solution.” I blinked once and said, “Why would I bring you a problem ...

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Nurturing Leadership

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I had an email conversation with a colleague about when you let people fail versus when you rescue them—how you nurture leadership. The context is with people who are new to management, or new to a particular piece of work in a project. If you’re agile, I say you pair these people and be done with it. No problem. But ...

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Contracting in Agile – You try it

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One of the key principles in Agile development is “Customer collaboration over contract negotiation” Unfortunately, that means that if you’re trying to follow Agile methods, you’re left without useful guidelines to follow when it comes to contracting and coming up with contracts that fit the way that Agile teams work. Time-and-materials of course is a no-brainer, regardless of how the ...

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Client Reviews: From Waterfall to Agile

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We are currently transforming a large organization with 200+ people to adopt new agile behaviors. The transformation started off with identifying 3 pilot projects to be the first adopters of agile skills and techniques. The 3 projects started their agile journey with creating a story map to organize and visualize their business requirements. The story mapping technique enabled the project ...

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