In case you missed them, here is a curated list of the best posts of the week from The Agile Zone. This week: Estimates or #NoEstimates... it's all a matter of context, getting to know your team with "one-on-ones", the Lean learning board, a new dialogue sheet about customers and requirements, and we ask "What is the goal of Agile?"
If we decide not to estimate, we better have a credible response to the question… when will you be done and what will I get for my money… because asking someone to spend a bucket of cash on the promise they might get something when the bucket runs out… is usually pretty much a non-starter.
In my view this is one of the most important practices for a supervisor. Having a good relationship with the people in your team is very important. One-on-ones give you the chance to get to know your team, to learn about them as an individual and to help them get better on a regular basis.
A while back, when I wore my product hat, I started referring to the product backlog as an option backlog. We had lots of ideas going in there, but they were basically stories that we didn’t commit to implementing. Having options is good, but it’s not enough. We need to make better decisions.
I’ve written many many times in this blog about Dialogue Sheets. On the whole I offer dialogue sheets as a retrospective technique, but I’ve long believed Dialogue Sheets can help on the requirements side too, but until recently I’ve not had a chance to try this. Now I have.
They are all means to an end. Your goal depends on your organization. Fundamentally, every for-profit organization I’ve come in contact with has pretty much the same primary goal. Make money! Before committing budget for that next project, let’s first ask ourselves if we know our core business drivers.