Interesting post by Scott Berkun : How to deal with jerk programmers which isn’t exactly consistent with my experiences from both sides of the fence.
The best place to start is empathy. Why is someone acting
like a jerk? There are basic...
As a software development manager, I am frequently visited by
developers who are spinning their wheels on a design problem or running
out of ideas while troubleshooting an application. I’ve developed a
reputation as a problem solver because most of...
You might hear me mention at some point that as a Scrum Master, I don't really care about the technical details that make a product backlog item done. I only really care about some form of measurable daily progress and the fact that these backlog items...
As part of my workshops on effective communication, especially around
introducing innovative new process approaches such as Lean and Agile,
I’ve found examples that demonstrate how people can act with “skilled
incompetence” and “skilled...
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...