Author Archives: Mark Crowe

New Spring 2014 Point Release – 14.1.6

Earlier this week, the German football machine exposed gaps in the Brazilian defense. World Cup viewers around the globe were stunned at the precision of the attack and the inability of the Seleção to do anything to slow it down. … Continue reading

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Point Release Updates to Spring ’14, Winter ’14 and Fall ’13

In addition to marking a new set of VersionOne point releases, June 6, 2014 is also known for the 170th anniversary of the YMCA’s founding, bringing young men in the western world new avenues for healthy minds, bodies and spirits. … Continue reading

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New Point Release 14.1.3

This day in 1618 marked the Defenestration of Prague, whereby William Slavata and Jaroslav Martinic were literally thrown out the window after being convicted of violating the Letter of Majesty, thus beginning a Bohemian revolt and the Thirty Years’ war. … Continue reading

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Spring 2014 Release: Planning the Right Amount

A new bank account holder who was surprised to find out his account was overdrawn. “I can’t be out of money,” he exclaims. “I still have checks left!” Sometimes a development organization can forget that they, too, have their limits. … Continue reading

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The Clarity of Description

The User Story, by intent, is meant to be a short definition – an introduction to a discussion. As a… I can… So that … Simple, short and powerful. We’re all familiar with some variation of this structure and I … Continue reading

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The Large and the Small: Winter 2014 is Here

A new year is upon us and with that, the new Winter 2014 Release. While the process of delivering our quarterly releases means each is roughly equivalent in size, there is still something special about the annum’s turn. With thoughts … Continue reading

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Fall 2013 Release: I Plan to Re-plan

Some years back, Luke Hohmann introduced me to the phrase, “I plan to re-plan.” It’s a somewhat awkward phrase which caused me to stop and ponder it for a moment. “Is re-planning the ultimate purpose of planning?” No, planning is … Continue reading

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Summer 2013 Release: Reach Out and Touch Someone

The Summer 2013 Release has some interesting value-packaged within. Reach Out and Touch Someone The old telephone adage has taken on a new twist this summer. Where the mighty Ma Bell once featured this jingle as a means to stir emotion and … Continue reading

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You Can Kanban

More and more customers are discussing Lean influences in their process, especially at the portfolio planning level and with operational groups. Here’s a quick summary of the Kanban functionality VersionOne offers. Continue reading

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Charting the Course to Agile Development

I recently discussed some release planning approaches with a customer who had some traditional fixed project-type constraints: contractual relationship with milestones (in the form of multiple releases) and dates built in. Here are some tips on how to get through the smelly part of agile development. Continue reading

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