Category Archives: Agile|Agile

The time has come – to destroy agile

I still remember my first “talk” on agile – it was inspiration for this site in the first place. The first thing that I said at my “course” was: “I have come here to destroy waterfall”. But, I also said, … Continue reading

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Leadership

Leadership is not given, it is taken. Leadership is not management. Leaders are born. With managers, it is a little bit different. Some managers are born, some are trained. Every person can be a good project manager if he can … Continue reading

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Agile Project Management – the project follow up

XP was a first development framework in which the customer feedback was embedded in the complete project lifecycle (see Beck Kent’s books, Ron Jeffries blog and articles, or check this list). In the picture below,  you can find “one slide explains it all” that … Continue reading

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Agile Release Planning – the preparation phase

Before I start, I want you to read the following statement: “The most important role of PO, project manager and the team is to create a product that someone wants to buy, from which company can earn some money, and … Continue reading

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Effort Estimations Fallacy or Effort (only) Driven Project Planning

Countless books, blogs and studies have been written about the effort estimation process. Unless we talk about repetitive, so called “blue collar” jobs, the estimation of the time required to complete any complex activity has proven something hard to do right … Continue reading

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Agile Planning

In my previous post I introduced some basic principles of project management, so if you skipped that part, please read it first 🙂 ). Here are my rules of Agile planning: Rule1: Ask PO to present the vision of the new release to the … Continue reading

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Agile Pitfalls

I must admit, I really don’t get some of the scrum “naming” conventions. First of all, what’s the first association  you have in mind when you hear a word scrum? What I imagine is a bunch of big guys, heads … Continue reading

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Fighter jet, toothbrushing and agile rituals

When I am in position to talk about the topic that is so “obvious” to me while struggling to find the right words to explain it to the others, I often escape in metaphors, looking for inspiration in nature, other … Continue reading

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Demo Driven Development or “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”

Once upon a time there was a software development methodology called waterfall. People disliked it for many different reasons, but today I will only mention one in particular – that it was hard to see anything working, before it was too late. So, … Continue reading

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Project risk management and HR policy, a new way to look at it together

It looks as the software development is one of the most risky activities on this planet. I can hardly think of any other profession in which the focus on the risk management is so embedded in a daily practice of … Continue reading

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