Trust and respect are two very important words in software development. They can influence hiring, firing, personal interactions, and building teams. The importance of these words is only overshadowed by their complexity.
In the past, the team was used to the analysts completing all of the requirements in advance. The delivery team would then execute on those requirements. The problem, of course, was no shared understanding.
Advice on salary negotiation is abundant, but material written for the general public may not always be applicable to a technology sector where demand is high and the most sought after talent is scarce.
It often happens that the Development team adopts Agile whereas the Ops team continues to work in a phased manner where handovers from Dev to Ops need a long notice period. Many large organizations have actually achieved frequent deployments using strong DevOps roles, practices and tools.
Even as our tools have improved and as we've strengthened our testing capability we keep doing reviews because bug checking tools, reviews and testing find different problems and different kinds of problems.
One of the best ways to launch or reinvigorate an Agile journey is with some good training. Whether injecting energy or offering ideas for tough situations, getting face time with an expert can often be the difference between getting stuck or getting going.
I just noticed that I neglected to post about this awesome slide deck I prepared for the Agile 2013 session by Martin Heider: "My Agile Suitcase." It tells the story of the key tools that I carry in my consulting tool box.
The process of forming a team of complementary personnel that establish a shared culture and become highly productive is denied to project teams from start to finish. The alternative to building a project team is to grow a product team.
It’s been over two years since I started living life in 25 minute increments. Since then I have done 4,352 pomodoros – that's 1,813 hours of pure focused, productivity – and it’s been amazing. But it's time for a change ...