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Looking For Leaders In All The Wrong Places

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When I was a young developer, there was a re-org in the company. I found myself a team leader. That is the normal thing in software organizations (and I assume also in others) – you get a promotion because you’re competent enough in your current job. It’s not stupid (although many times with disastrous results), just normal. What made me ...

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Hours, Velocity, Silo’d Teams, & Gantts

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I’ve been having some email conversations with some project and program managers turned Scrum Masters. In general here’s how things have proceeded: Their organizations decided agile was a great idea Their organizations decided Scrum was a great idea to implement agile (because they don’t know the difference between Scrum and agile) The teams started working in two-week iterations, sort-of getting ...

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Architects Need a Pragmatic Software Development Process

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I have been a non-stop software architect since 2006. During my experience, I realized that it’s really hard to perform the role of architect in an organization that doesn’t have a software development process or have it too simplified. When the development is not fairly organized, project managers don’t find a room in their schedule to implement architectural recommendations. They ...

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Why Do We Need Managers Anyway?

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I’ve been scratching my head lately regarding management, and what is it good for. So I’m probably going to spend some time on the subject in this here blog. Long time readers of this blog (you poor guys, thanks for sticking with me!) know I’m a fan of Manager Tools. For the last seven years, these guys have been pumping ...

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Measuring your IT OPS – Part 2

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In my opening article I stated the importance of measuring IT OPS to provide the underlying framework for a Continous Improvement (CI) culture and to this effect I identified a list of IT OPS measurements which I consider key to understand how your IT organisation is performing. In the first article of this series I suggested a simple way of ...

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Measuring your IT OPS – Part 1

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In my previous article I briefly explained the importance of measuring IT OPS to lay the foundations for Continuous Improvement (CI). I then listed what I think are few, indispensable IT OPS measurements that form the basis for a CI environment. The first of these is FALT, (Feature Average Lead Time). Which kind of measure is this and why is ...

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Product-Burndown-Charts and Sprint-Burndown-Charts in SCRUM Projects

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Product-Backlog-Charts and Sprint-Backlog-Charts are used in almost all Agile approaches. In the following article the terminology of SCRUM is used, e.g. User Stories, Product Owner, Product Backlog, Sprint and Sprint Planning Meeting. The described Backlog-Charts are also useful in other agile methodologies and even in non-agile settings. Actually, they are a general technique to estimate efforts in situations where other ...

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Becoming a Leading Manager

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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 that now. And, thank you, gentle readers, for hanging in there with me, waiting for my crazy travel schedule this spring. I see these managers in the organization: ...

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Eclipse Project: Releases, Plans, and Reviews

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For each release, an Eclipse project is required to provide a project plan. The project plan is created at the beginning of a release cycle and may be modified throughout the cycle. The plan tells the community what the main areas of focus are in the project. This lets, for example, contributors know what kinds of contributions are going to ...

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