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Nurturing Leadership

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

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

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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Looking For Leaders In All The Wrong Places

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

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

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?

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

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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