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Agile / Scrum process

August 22, 2016

An Agile / Scrum product flow consists of a number of objects: Product A product might contain the themes, epics, and stories that describe these enhancements from the user’s perspective. Products can have a narrow focus with few user stories or a wider context with many user stories, each containing several tasks. You create products […]

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Strategy

August 22, 2016

  Alice came to the fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat. “I don’t know,” Alice answered.“ Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.   Strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty. […]

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How Agile project management is different from traditional project management techniques

August 22, 2016

Project managers trying to understand what Agile is really all about often ask how Agile project management is different from traditional project management techniques.  One of the best ways to describe the differences would be to walk through an Agile project plan.   An agile project plan is feature based. Most project managers are used […]

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Divergence

August 3, 2016

Constantine had once been told that a mind was a sentence that could read itself. A book might have thoughts written within it, but something external had to be applied to the book in order to read the words. But what if words could be written in some medium that allowed the words to take […]

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Capacity

August 2, 2016

So what exactly is a personality construct? Ah! That’s the crux of the matter. A personality construct is simply a human mind running on a computer. Actually, “computer” is an old-fashioned phrase for an old-fashioned concept. Nowadays we say “processing space.” So I am a personality construct. Does that mean I am no longer human? […]

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Disciplined Agile – Roles

July 5, 2016

Any given person will be in one or more roles, an individual can change her role(s) over time, and any given role will have zero or more people performing it at any given time. For example, Simon may be in the role of team member and architecture owner right now but step into the role […]

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Project versus Service

July 4, 2016

I see the phrase ‘project’ and ‘service’ being used interchangeably at times, which may be a factor in why putting together a coherent services catalog is challenging.  For a service organisation, projects should arguably only and at all times either result in a new service or manipulate an existing service.  A project that does not […]

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Agile versus Matrix

July 4, 2016

In Scrum / Agile team resources are fixed throughout the duration of the project and features are variable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development#The_Agile_Manifesto In a Matrix organisation resources allocation is variable and features are fixed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_management Agile / Scrum allows for variations late in the project where a traditional approach does not (or less). This is because Agile / […]

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Agile

July 4, 2016

“The focus in an agile project is on continuous learning and improvement.” Fail early Fail often Revise Learn Agile – Values PRIMARY Individuals and interactions Working software Customer collaboration Responding to change SECONDARY Processes and tools Comprehensive documentation Contract negotiation Following a plan Agile – Principles Satisfy the customer Welcome change Deliver software frequently Work […]

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Motivating staff

July 4, 2016

Everyone’s rights To be treated with respect. To have decisions made in a timely manner. To produce and receive quality work to agreed standards and principles. To estimate your activities aggressive yet achievable and have your estimates respected by others. To be provided adequate resources not limited to time and money to achieve what is […]