27 May
2008

Why Agile Doesn’t Really Work

Update: I am stunned at the misinterpretation of this post. That’s what happens when you hit publish without sleeping on it, I suppose. What I hope you take away from this article is stated in the very last paragraph. After genuinely pursuing and advocating this whole Agile thing for the last 5 years, I must admit defeat and […]

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25 Apr
2008

The Many Uses of Relative Estimation

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Poker Planning is a favorite technique of many people, including me. I like this technique of estimation because it lets us make estimates in relative terms. People are notoriously bad at absolute estimation of the “rank this item one to ten”, variety. Have you ever looked at the website HotOrNot.com? It turns out that pretty […]

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11 Feb
2008

Agile for Executives

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There is currently an article up on the CIO magazine web site that I simply must comment on. I often find myself needing to explain and define Agile for executives who have heard some rumor or other about why the developers have unionized. I think Esther Schindler’s article does a nice job of giving that […]

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26 Nov
2007

Managers as Scrum Masters

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I recently started and participated in a threaded discussion on the LeanAgileScrum Yahoo Group. Although the complete thread is available here, I will condense it here to share what I consider some genuine highlights of this discussion involving a sub-thread with non other than Mary Poppendieck. Yes, that Mary Poppendieck. Anyway, I have heard much […]

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31 Oct
2007

The Agile Concentration Cave

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The benefits of osmotic communication in a collaborative workspace are well known and documented. Building a collaborative common room work environment is a crucial component to building a truly hyper-performant team. Even thought this model of collaborative workspace is known to be effective, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some people fundamentally prefer a work environment wherein they cannot […]

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25 Oct
2007

AYE – A Conference for the Softer Side

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Some of the most respected thought leaders in the softer skills side of the Agile movement have come together to produce a conference focusing on their areas of expertise. The likes of Esther Derby, Dave Smith, Johanna Rothman, and lighter side gurus are getting together in Phoenix from Nov. 4th-7th to present on issues of […]

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