Post Agile Scrum

I’ve been following the LeanAgileScrum discussion on to Agile Project Management list with some interest. Here’s the reply I sent recently: I would like to relate a story of a personal experience from a few years ago. I worked with a group that had a rather heavy-weight requirements process. By which I mean, big nasty […]

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GASP? … or not.

Doctors have a rule for sterilization, or “Always Wash Your Hands.” Simple things that can be done to improve the outcome of every single project. At the recent, GLSEC keynote, Bob Martin asked us “We were all doctors, and a hospital administrator called a meeting, telling us that we were spending too much time washing […]

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To XP or Not?

I just posted this to the Xtreme Programming Yahoo group, and thought it was worth sharing. I start out quoting David Winslow … I want this project to succeed and I want to do the right thing. With that in mind I am punting for us to develop an agile xp approach to the project. […]

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Project Scheduling Formulas

James Bach is running an on-line class for his Rapid Software Testing Course, that I am finding quite enjoyable. More fun than the lectures (which are good) is what I’m learning from the offline forum software he is using. Recently, someone made a post about project scheduling formulas; I enjoyed it so much that I […]

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SideBar

…(Administration) covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom restrained from acting, such a power does […]

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Solid presentation advice …

Suggestions and Examples of What Not to Submit 1. Attendees are paying to take classes—they don’t want to hear a sales pitch, no matter how thickly veiled. Please do not submit classes that feature your product or describe problems that happen to be solved by your products. Attendees and the conference organizers are equally skeptical […]

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Run Corporate IT like a software company

I’m still on vacation, but this struck my eye as worth sharing … … corporate IT has to find ways to deliver the most important business capabilities as quickly as possible and as cheaply as possible. When the rubber hits the road, this capability is the only one that matters. Your business partners won’t ask […]

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Canary in a Coal Mine

There is an interesting talk in Info.com by Ken Schwaber. Ken is a co-author of the agile manifesto and co-inventor of Scrum. If you don’t want to listen for an hour, move the slider to 29 minutes – the section on magic thinking and lies. If you get hooked, you can come back to the […]

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Throughput – I

I’ve been thinking about throughput a lot lately. Example: It’s winter in Michigan, and it’s snowing. So, on my way to work this morning, I see a truck that is plowing. The truck is doing an excellent job of plowing, shifting from forward to reverse very quickly, accelerating quickly and using heavy brakes. He sure […]

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