Author Archives: Michael DePaoli

What Happens When the CEO is the Product Owner and Part-Time Developer on the ‘The Team?’

I recently visited with a client where the CEO and founder of the company is also an active part-time developer on the Dev Team.  This provides an interesting dynamic that has some advantages but also some genuine risk. This company is … Continue reading

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Does ‘Who Makes a Good ScrumMaster’ Have Much To Do With Their Current/Past Role?

Recently I’ve read a few blog posts and forum posts discussing, ‘what role do the best ScrumMasters come from?’ One post in particular suggested that perhaps Technical Leads are the best candidates because they have deep knowledge of the technical … Continue reading

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Thoughts From the LSSC 2012 Conference – Boston, MA

I just recently returned from LSSC 2012 Conference in Boston, MA.  Besides getting my iPhone stolen, it was a great conference.  The keynote speakers were both thought provoking and entertaining.  I especially enjoyed the fact that the presentations demonstrated interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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Estimation in an Agile Organization – A Barometer of Dysfunction?

Estimation in agile organizations still seems to be a pretty hot topic.  I was reading a recent post by Mike Cohn on his blog about it.  Mike states: “Because I’m so interested in estimating and planning, I always take notice … Continue reading

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The Change to Agile Development – Make it Visible

A common occurrence when driving the change to agile development is that once you start to try to increase the circle of influence of the initiative, you will undoubtedly run the risk of encountering cultural, personal and political resistance to … Continue reading

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Part 2 of 2: Kanban vs Scrum Myths & Hype

In the first part of this post we established a context about Kanban as an agile software tool (not to be confused with the manufacturing term, kanban).  I also explored some of the key myths and hype behind Kanban vs … Continue reading

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Part 1 of 2: Kanban vs Scrum Myths and Hype

Recently, I heard folks at a few of my clients and at a couple conferences talking about why they are considering moving to using Kanban vs. Scrum.  I have no preference to either method other than choosing the right agile … Continue reading

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User Experience – Integrating UX Into An Agile Initiative

I frequently get asked about how to best integrate UX / UI teams into Agile initiatives, so that they work in a more iterative, incremental manner. UX folks coming from a more sequential development environment often report that Agile compromises … Continue reading

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Agiles 2011 Buenos Aires Agile Methodologies Conference – Agile Interest Growing

I write this on my return journey home from Buenos Aires, Argentina and speaking at the  Agiles 2011. This is the fourth annual Agiles Conference. The organizers should be commended. The conference has improved each year according to attendees, including … Continue reading

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Peeling the Onion on Agile Software Development

It is shocking how few folks in leadership positions seem to grasp the difference between strategy and tactics.  I think this may be a symptom of the incredibly short attention span most businesses have today… looking at the current quarters performance.  Probably no where … Continue reading

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