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Johanna Rothman09/19/14
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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? Part 2

Delivering working software builds trust. Trust obviates many needs for estimates. If your managers or customers have never had trust with a project or program team before, they will start asking for estimates. Your job is to deliver working software every day, so they stop asking.

Johanna Rothman09/19/14
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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? Part 2

Delivering working software builds trust. Trust obviates many needs for estimates. If your managers or customers have never had trust with a project or program team before, they will start asking for estimates. Your job is to deliver working software every day, so they stop asking.

Paul Hammant09/18/14
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Throughput Over Backlog (an Agile Value)

The initial signatories of the Agile Alliance sat and hashed out 4 key values in their Agile Manifesto in 1998. Colleague Paulo Carroli, a few years ago, socialized a thought that 5th value could be added to the manifesto: Team throughput over detailed work backlog

Rob Galanakis09/18/14
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Japanese vs. Western models of decision making

I was reading a book about The Toyota Way last year and something that stuck with me was a section on Japanese versus Western decision making.

Gil Zilberfeld09/18/14
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How To Waste Estimations

The point is: the effort put into estimation should be small enough to provide the numbers to management.

Vinod Kumaar Ra...09/18/14
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Build it like a sports team

Is it easy to get a crash course in football by Pele or Maradona for a week and produce a world cup winning football team? The answer is NO. Then why do lots of people in the corporate world think of hiring scrum trainers & expert developers to train their team for a week and then expect their team to undergo a transformation at a magical scale?

Mike Bushong09/17/14
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Playing politics and self-defeating behavior

If you take an informal survey about the characteristics of dysfunctional organizations, you will probably hear the word politics rise to the top of most peoples’ lists. But what is really behind office politics?

Mike Bushong09/17/14
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Playing politics and self-defeating behavior

If you take an informal survey about the characteristics of dysfunctional organizations, you will probably hear the word politics rise to the top of most peoples’ lists. But what is really behind office politics?

Gil Zilberfeld09/17/14
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The Code Kidnapper

We’ll get the smart developers, and they can just put their thoughts on paper. Now we’ll take the not-so-smart ones and hand them what the architect has thought of, and they will do the work. And get this, we’ll pay them less, because they just need to type!

Johanna Rothman09/17/14
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Cost, Value & Investment: How Much Will This Project Cost? - Part 1

You need to think about cost, value, and investment, not just cost when you think about about the project portfolio. If you think about cost, you miss the potentially great projects and features.

Mike Cottmeyer09/17/14
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Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance criteria are an important yet, in my experience, often overlooked or undervalued aspect of the iterative planning process.

Michael Sahota09/15/14
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Stop Agile Initiatives!

I am sick to death of Agile Initiatives because they usually fail. The core problem is that the typical approach used to initiate Agile is inconsistent with Agile goals of empowerment and engagement.

Chris Odell09/11/14
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The Codesmith

We are at a point in time where people who write software are much like the craftspeople and artisans in times past. Software is not yet something that can be easily manufactured on an assembly line. So are you a codesmith?

Rob Galanakis09/10/14
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Can you quantify trust?

Bad managers, who are by definition less trusted, can easily rationalize away any attempt at quantification. One quantifiable measure would be employee turnover.

Andrew Fuqua09/09/14
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Don't Estimate Stories In Sprint Planning

I don’t estimate stories in sprint planning. Nor do I re-estimate stories in sprint planning. I estimate stories in a separate estimating meeting and usually at least a couple sprints in advance, if not more. There are a few reasons why (re)estimating during sprint planning is a dangerous practice:

Allan Kelly09/09/14
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Agile outside of software

While not every Agile practice can be taken out of software development and used someplace else the roots of Agile mean that the principles, values and ideas which Agile is built on can be. In your domain Agile as now known might work quite well, but in someone else’s domain there may be more need to think deeper.

Mike Bushong09/09/14
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On building teams: experience or talent?

Obviously when you hire, you want to find a good mix of experience and talent. But a perfectly balanced straddle between the two is impossible. So when forced to choose between them, which do you choose: experience or talent?

Chris Odell09/09/14
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SOHO Agile: Is agile relevant to the SOHO developer?

Agile is often seen as a team process, and certainly agile lends itself to team activities. So can you apply agile to the Sole Home Office developer?

Mateusz Haligowski09/08/14
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Programmer, know thy tools!

On the importance on non-programming skills in the job of a programmer.

Lucas Saldanha09/05/14
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Pitfalls of Agile Software Development

In this post I discuss three pitfalls of agile software development faced by developers when trying to make changes in the development process at "non-agile" companies.

Gil Zilberfeld09/03/14
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Metrics: Good vs. Evil

In our ever going search for simplicity, metrics help us minimize a whole uncertain world into a number. We like that. But metrics are over-simplification. We should use them like that.

Johanna Rothman09/03/14
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Managers Manage Ambiguity

We can refine our estimates, if management needs them. The question is this: why does management need them?

Andrew Fuqua09/02/14
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Flow Is For Sissies

The moral of the story is that real options thinking, systems thinking and many other such concepts present or yet to come may be more appropriate in some cases than Lean/Kanban thinking. Lean/Kanban thinking is useful, but it isn’t all there is.

Rob Galanakis09/02/14
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Hire talented people and get out of their way?

Today's quote is: "In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way." This advice (hire smart, don’t micromanage) is so simplistic, it’s hardly worth saying. The profound stupidity is equating this with “being a good boss“. No, hiring smart people and not micromanaging them is the absolute, bare minimum you should be doing as a boss.

Allan Kelly09/02/14
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Book: Scaling up Excellence

Right now I want to blog about a book because I want to recommend this book. The book is: Scaling Up Excellence by Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao. I hope this book becomes more widely known in the software development community, and particularly those concerned with “Agile” and “Scaling Agile.”