Tag Archives: Agile

Do you need Chuck Norris in your team?

If you want to test whether you have Chuck Norris in your team, how about checking this blog post first. If you recognize someone in the team that fits this description, congratulations, this blog post is for you. Chuck Norris is really … Continue reading

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How to organize lessons learned sessions

What is lessons learned? It is a bottom up improvement: you invite people to give their feedback on the quality of the work they do and the problems they face during product development. Final goal of the lessons learned sessions … Continue reading

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How to master maintenance – part 2

Disclaimer first: this post is not that relevant for companies that host their services in the cloud. If that is your case, you may as well skip this one and stay at the first post on this subject. At very beginning of the product, PO … Continue reading

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Maintenance revisited – part 1

Maintenance is a tricky subject, and before I continue, I would like to distinguish between applications that are truly in maintenance mode and the ones on which there is still ongoing development. Obviously, if the application is not “moving” any more, the best you … Continue reading

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How to be effective at kick-offs

One of the reasons that agile folks hate to call kick-offs a meeting is because people just hate meetings. They are often done so badly that the first association that comes with that word is waste of time. One the … Continue reading

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Budgeting vs. agile

In my previous post I have shortly introduced some basic financial principles. It might look odd that I talked about business and markets in the space that should be reserved for agile posts, but I felt that one of the reasons why … Continue reading

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Agile and outsourcing, how to make it work

When I was asked first time to start outsourcing, I really had no stomach, nor desire to prove being a big manager by traveling around, asking for reports every single day, sweating in the night from stress and frustration, and … Continue reading

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Software outsourcing dilemma

For people who have read “World is Flat” it looks obvious that in the world of internet and crowd sourcing, starting software business in the so called “low cost” countries is a logical step forward. Since intelligence, expertise and ambition … Continue reading

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How we got screwed in the first place?

The waterfall model was invented in 1970. The founding document of the waterfall model, created by Winston W. Royce, included two figures: one of the model itself and a second illustrating the major problems inherent in the model, or the … Continue reading

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How to manage agile transformation (and manage expectations)

As mentioned in the previous post, most of the agile transformations these days are “top-down”. According to Standish Group “Chaos Reports” we still have more project failures than successful projects. One of (many reasons) for this you can find in … Continue reading

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