Home » Agile » Page 4

Agile

This Is Not and Cannot Be “Business as Usual”

Many organizations heeded the COVID-19 warnings and sent people home to work as remote teams. The managers want to proceed as if the people can work from home and have “business as usual.” They’ve made these requests to their staff: Work at home, as if you were at the office. (Keep the same hours and availability.)Don’t use so much wifi ...

Read More »

7 Tool Tips for Your Newly Distributed or Remote Team

Yesterday, you worked in an office with everyone else. Today, you’re supposed to work from home—and so is the rest of your team. And not just for the next few days, but for the next few weeks. What tools do you need? My list of the most important tools: A good microphone and headset so you can hear people, even ...

Read More »

How to Overcome 6 Key Product Leadership Challenges

No Transactional Power Unlike a line manager, you usually don’t manage the development team and stakeholders as the person in charge of the product, and the individuals don’t report to you. You consequently don’t have any transactional power: You cannot tell people what to do; you cannot assign tasks to them; and you are typically not in a position to ...

Read More »

Build Team Resilience Summary (Part 4)

If you’re like many of the teams I meet, you’ve sort of got a handle on things. You can release. Your product mostly works. And, then Something Happens. And, your team has trouble recovering. That’s brittleness in the system. You can build resilience as a team. In this post, I’ll summarize how your team can build resilience. Start by Working ...

Read More »

Build Team Resilience: Shorten Feedback Loops (Part 2)

This series is about helping a team create a less brittle environment—more resilience. Part 1 was about individual work. This part is about shortening feedback loops. Brief description of the problem at a recent client: Person A checked in code that broke an “unrelated” part of the system. I’ll call this checking in code in Email that broke Search. (Yes, ...

Read More »

Build Team Resilience: Work Together (Part 1)

I’ve been working with clients who have brittle environments. Their brittleness doesn’t show up all the time. When everything is good, they’re able to finish work and deliver. But, someone checks in code that breaks something “over there.” Or, someone gets pulled off to work on production support issues and is no longer available to the team for weeks. Or, ...

Read More »

Cost and Value of Collecting Data

Collecting data isn’t free. There’s a cost to every piece of data. There’s also value. How do we balance the cost and value of data? As with all juicy questions, it depends. And, in general, the easier the data is to collect, the less value there is in the data. Examples of Useless and Cheap Data to Collect Here are ...

Read More »

Why does AOTB have its own submission system?

Anyone who has submitted to Agile on the Beach in the last few years will have used our submission system: Mimas. Like so many other conference we, or rather I, created our own system. “Why does AOTB have its own submission system?” Flippant but true answer: because nobody else (yet) has decided to share out system. I’m more than happy ...

Read More »