Category Archives: Agile Portfolio Management

Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Estimation Challenges Galore! (Part 2 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Boards We Use In Agile Software Development

I know this is going to sound weird, but I have an affinity for the boards we use in Agile Software Development (or Agile Project Management). I’m using the generic term board, but you may refer to them as Storyboards, … Continue reading

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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Introduction and Overview of the Blog Series (Part 1 of 5)

Agile estimation topics such as relative size effort estimation in story points and velocity based on story points are well-known.  Relative size estimation done as a team effort leads to improved shared understanding of stories.  It takes less time than … Continue reading

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Agile Killed the Project Star

As a reformed project manager (My “900 days since I built an MS Project Schedule” chip around here somewhere), with a PMP and active membership of PMI, what I am about to say is rather controversial. But, it needs to … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Phone Zombies

 Image credit: MiYung Youn I lovingly refer to people in my own personal clan that spend way too much time on their smart phones as ‘Phone Zombies’. They seem ‘severed’ from the real world directly in front of them. Texting, … Continue reading

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Apple’s Brand of Agile

Apple’s launch event came and went without much surprise. As everyone expected, they’re now selling two editions of the iPhone. I’m a user of Apple products but I wouldn’t call myself a fanboy. I’m writing this post on a Dell … Continue reading

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Re-Imagining the Agile Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Another Agile conference has come and gone, and as usual, there was plenty to learn in Nashville this year (besides packing walking shoes for the Gaylord). The biggest piece I took away from last week might be how we view … Continue reading

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Reject the Tyranny of Metrics

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one team to dissolve the bondage to metrics and stretch goals, and to begin to develop software at a sustainable pace, a decent respect to the opinions of their coworkers  … Continue reading

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If Your Title Rhymes with “leaf”, “erector”, or “resident” – You Should Learn About Agile and Lean

If you are reading this blog, then you are either part of an Agile transformation or you are someone considering an agile transformation. If you are someone that works in a management or simply a position of authority at your … Continue reading

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Where Art Thou Product Owner?

Many moons ago before my agile conversion, while still toiling as a project manager for a large bank, I wanted to purchase my team pizza to celebrate a milestone. To get roughly $200 in pizza, soda, salad and cookies approved … Continue reading

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