Articles published in 2013

Make the Manager's Job Less Complex

Make the Manager's Job Less Complex

Managing teams seems to be an easy task, from the viewpoint of a team member or individual contributor. However, it is always a tough nut to crack for managers themselves. It's easy until you get the chance to manage a team. . . .

Velocity Complexity

Velocity Complexity

Sometimes we see an interesting overview of how velocity can be used and misused: used -- as in how different people use velocity in different ways -- and misused -- what they are going to do with it, once they have used it in their own ways. . . .

Success Story: Las historias de usuario no son el requisito ágil

Success Story: Las historias de usuario no son el requisito ágil

Casi siempre que explico a algún equipo de trabajo sobre cómo vamos a trabajar con Scrum, toco el tema de las historias de usuario (user story), aparece por parte de las personas a la que estoy explicando la siguiente pregunta que constantemente se repite . . .

Agile Boardroom

Agile Boardroom

Does executive transparency act as a catalyst for Agile transformation? Are executives willing to go through the pain their teams endure during an Agile transformation? Should what goes on in the boardroom stay in the boardroom?

Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

Every worker has at least one horror story about projects: endless work journeys, stakeholders' anger, infinite bug reports, hard feelings in email messages, late delivery, cost going over budget, etc... Could Scrum help you rescue a project under those circumstances?

Muchos Caciques y Pocos Desarrolladores

Muchos Caciques y Pocos Desarrolladores

Hace poco alguien me decía que había evolucionado bastante, que ya no desarrollaba y que dirige proyectos, que es todo un PMP. Casi me pega cuando le mencioné que yo siempre voy ser un desarrollador, aunque lamentablemente cada vez lo hago menos. . . .

Pig and Chicken Revisited

Pig and Chicken Revisited

I'm always telling the "Pig and Chicken" story during my trainings. I have two different goals for doing this. The first one is to use this great story to transmit to my trainees/coachees the importance of knowing at any time whether you are involved or committed. The second goal is the subject of this article. . . .

Agile Software Sustainment in a Government Organization

Agile Software Sustainment in a Government Organization

So, what does it mean to be Agile in a government organization? What does it mean to use Scrum in software sustainment? How does this work? Why is it better than Waterfall processes?

Reduced Value of Consecutive Releases

Reduced Value of Consecutive Releases

An item about ever-reducing value of consecutive releases was lingering in my head, but it did not fully come out till I read a story about Rajen Sheth launching gmail in the enterprise space. He describes how he dealt with road mapping. Road mapping is one of the biggest pains for an Agile mind, since it forces you to plot an exact time line for releasing functionality over at least a year. . . .

Instinctual Drift

Instinctual Drift

So you've assembled your teams and even hired coaches and ScrumMasters to facilitate a successful outcome. Now it's down to the wire. Your two-year project is coming to the end. . . .

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