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02
AUG
2010

Lean and Agile: Roommates, Married or Twins?

On August 11th from 9 AM to 10:30 AM, Gil Broza and I will be moderating an all-star line-up of Alan Shalloway, Jim Shore, Jean Tabaka and Mary Poppendieck who are panelists at the Agile 2010 conference.  Here is our summary of the panel: What is Lean? Is Lean the next “big...
30
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 30th 2010

More great writings gathered from far and wide. Scrum at Mind Candy – brief video of a task board in action over a three month period. Confessions of an Agile Project Manager – PMI sponsored a video contest among PMP using Agile – check out the results on...
02
JUL
2010

Best Links of the Week – July 2nd 2010

New stuff to read and learn before the holiday The Zen of Scrum – Jurgen Appelo provides a 70-minute video overview of Scrum, roles and philosophy. The Difference Between Waterfall, Iterative Waterfall, Scrum & Lean (in pictures) – Visual representations of these...
25
JUN
2010

You’re Invited!! – An Agile Game

A colleague of mine, Deb Hartman Preuss (@deborahh), tweeted “I have a strange job: getting things to happen in other people’s minds, bodies, hearts. Kind of like the faith healer who doesn’t touch you.” and it struck a chord with me.  A lot of what I do as consultant...
27
APR
2010

Best Links of the Week – Mar 27th 2010

More good links to share with others. Ouija Board Estimation\Seance Sizing – a new method for estimation that relies on team, not the undead. Is the Agile Community Being Unreasonable? – InfoQ takes a look at the friction between the PMBOK and Agile principles....
13
APR
2010

Best Links of the Week – Mar 13th 2010

Sorry for the long delay – I’ve been swamped.  Now back to the great links. Large-Scale Agile – Jim Shore talks about the seven factors to consider when trying to make Agile large. What is the One Thing You Can Do to be More Agile? – various vendors at the...
23
FEB
2010

Speaking at Orlando Scrum Gathering – Mar 9th 2010

Finally had a few moments to write about my upcoming speaking engagement at the Orlando Scrum Gathering from March 8th to March 10th.  I am VERY excited about the chance to speak at a Scrum conference and I was lucky enough to be selected to provide two presentations in Orlando....
23
SEP
2009

I Really Hate CMMI

I came across a question on a usergroup asking the following (it’s condensed): “In our projects we maintain product backlog and do high level estimates in story points. Then when we actually start the iteration we do estimates in the sprint planning meeting in story...
03
MAR
2009

Prioritization with Pugh

I came across a recent blog entry where Brandon Carlson was discussing one technique he used to speed up the prioritization of Product Backlog items with Product Owners.  He describes the scene like this: “It was late July and I was sitting through yet another agonizing...
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...