A phrase you commonly hear in the Agile world that comes from Toyota is
that you want to "lower the water level" in your value stream so that
you can "see the rocks" that disrupt flow and, to extend the metaphor,
could damage your boat!...
How do you handle a situation as a team manager or coach where one
member of the team seems to dominate the conversation? The scenario
below is based on several experiences where team members think “that
person’s talking rubbish!” but don’t know...
One of the great privileges of my working life is to have the chance
to share knowledge and encourage learning. I have been writing,
deploying and teaching many software delivery courses over the last
decade and most of the experiences have been positive...
For a little while now I’ve been quietly talking about my new Agile
method. The clue is in the name: Xanpan - pronounced “Zanpan”. Most
obviously Kanban and XP (Extreme Programming), its a fusion.Its
not so much than Xanpan has any new radical...
Today was a great day. I helped import our entire “roadmap” of
functional requirements from an Excel spreadsheet into Pivotal Tracker.
Even though we allocated almost a half-day to accomplish this, it was
done in less than two hours (including in-depth...
here to let you in on a little secret, waterfall isn’t the reason your
project failed. Waterfall isn’t the reason you were fired. Waterfall
isn’t the epitome of evil in the world of software development.
Here’s a story of how managers detected a problem, but by not
understanding the cause of the problem of the type of variation the
problem represented, applied the wrong type of solution which meant
things were worse for everyone:
Once upon a time in a...
Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ."
implies that consensus is often the result of a coincidence or luck. If
you look at the success rate of presentations, you might actually think
that this is shear luck. So why is it you...
Sometimes there is too much logic to deal with in a single class. You tried extracting methods, but they are so many that the design is still complex to understand.The next step in the refactoring quest is Extract Class, the creation of a new class whose...
Last weekend, a group of local Agilistas got together for BBQ, drink, and to play with Lego. Well, not just play, but StrategicPlay®
– with a purpose. And wow, what a result! The outcome was some deep
insights into the Agile community that we’d like to...
At a recent conference, I over-heard three managers talking about self-organizing teams.
“You can’t just turn people loose and let a team make all the
decisions. They’ll mess things up. And with all these ScrumMasters,
coaches, and self-organizing...