Monthly Archives: July 2011

Kanban in a Nutshell

I assert the following (please verify with your own evidence from your past): 1.Time from getting information until using it creates new work (one has to redo the information or one works from old information which results in rework) 2.Time … Continue reading

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How Delays Cause Waste: A Main Tenet of Lean

In this video, Alan Shalloway discusses one of the most powerful tenets of Lean applied to software development: Reduce delays to avoid creating waste

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Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

http://www.ted.com Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which … Continue reading

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Scrum Norris

Chuck Norris is ScrumMaster and ProductOwner – simultaneously. Chuck Norris can do 6-month sprints. Chuck Norris wears Timeboxershorts. Chuck Norris does not move story cards, he moves the taskboard. Chuck Norris does not estimate, he knows. Chuck Norris pairs alone. … Continue reading

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Two Chapters from Agile Estimating & Planning Available

Chapter 1 Chapter 3

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Six Features of a Good User Story – INVEST Model

What is a User Story? A user story describes desired functionality from the customer(user) perspective. A good user story describes the desired functionality, who wants it, and how and why the functionality will be used. The basic components of a … Continue reading

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Agile & Business – Joseph Little : Getting Better

My guess, based on experience and many conversations, is that these are ‘our’ top 5 impediments. 1. Need better Product Owners 2. Not enough focus on removing impediments 3. Need better automated testing 4. Technical debt 5. No trend of … Continue reading

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Guy Kawasaki presents ‘The Art of the Start’ for Informatics Ventures

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