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12
FEB
2009

It’s Just Lean, No Hyphen Please

Alan Shalloway has posted an interesting blog about how Scrum is evolving in its understanding of itself much the same way Extreme Programming (XP) did in the early part of 2000.  As someone who was very much into XP at that time, I agree that XP was first defined as the original...
22
JAN
2009

Agile 2009 Submissions

Agile 2009 is accepting submissions.  This year I really feel I have something unique to bring to the larger Agile community, so I submitted two proposals – Product Design Tools for Agile Product Owners (on the Agile Product Management stage) and Charting the Agile...
06
JAN
2009

QFD & Agile Process Roll Out

I have been wanting to blog on my last presentation at XPSD for a while, but have been so busy with the Holiday Season – so here are my thoughts on how to use the Design for Six Sigma (DfSS) quality function deployment (QFD) tool to gather the Voice of the Customer data...
10
DEC
2008

Agile is Lean for Software Development

I know – not the most profound insight or the most original.  I think I am finally beginning to understand the relationship between the two after studying all this Lean Six Sigma and Design Six Sigma stuff.  Agile is simply a co-evalent instance of the Lean concepts and...
08
DEC
2008

Agile Control Charts

I stumbled across Agile Shrugged today and read a post on how the author experienced a lot of variation in their team velocity.   The author did not seem too concerned with all the “sawtooth” behavior of velocity chart because they felt the velocity graph was a “fairly accurate...
02
DEC
2008

Function Points as an Agile Metric

Dave Nicolette posted an interesting blog post about using function points (FP) as a means to compare productivity between IT projects using different processes.  I understand the concept – find a metric that speaks to the audience we are trying to communicate with that...
13
NOV
2008

Agile Transitions Workshop

I am quite busy with the presentations lately.  Next up is an appearance at XPSD on December 4th where I will run a workshop showing how to use some simple tools to chart and monitor an Agile transition for your organization.  This will be a hands-on session.   The tools I will...
28
OCT
2008

Designing for User Performance

Stopped by to listen to Larry Constantine today to hear what he is thinking about how to best design applications.  These are a number of the key points I picked up from his talk: Prioritize design efforts around tasks which have the most frequency and greatest importance....
28
OCT
2008

SOA Measures for Success

One of the sessions I visited today was about what are the correct measurements to determine if your SOA initiative was successful.  One of the most interesting statistic from the speaker was this continuum of cyclometric complexity (CC): CC < 10: "simple" code 10 > CC <...
25
JUL
2008

Pay Attention to the Obvious

The other day we were talking about DfSS and how much training material we were going to produce and what sort of timelines we could commit to. I was having a hard time wrapping my head around the scope of the problem because it seemed very large and undefined. Specifically, I...