Category Archives: Roles

All for One, One for All! Approach to Managing Agile Projects with Shared Services

Yours is an organization delivering multiple projects for different customers through your various teams – shared services.  Though your teams practice agile – and enjoy it! – they do not truly have a dedicated backlog; their efforts are helping deliver … Continue reading

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Our Daily Standup is Stale – What’s the Point?

As a ScrumMaster I’ve had the opportunity to participate and facilitate many daily standup meetings – 6 years’ worth.  There have been excellent standup meetings and conversations – many led to useful and valuable collaborative sessions in which real work … Continue reading

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Requests and Ideas - My Polymorphic Backlog in VersionOne

If you are a Product Owner, a Project Manager, or a Business Analyst, you have heard the following before; I’m sure: “It’s not a defect; it’s a feature.” “It’s not an issue; it’s an enhancement.” “It’s not a bug; it … 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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Keep it Simple. We're Still Learning Agile Development!

I have a VERY active, wily, and curious two-year old at home… the best kind – who loves watching his brothers build complex Lego sets (I know, who wouldn’t!). Obviously as colorful, attractive, and deliciously intricate as the pieces and … Continue reading

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Agile Metrics: I’ve Got Goals and a Whole Lot More

I often find myself talking about agile metrics with many teams using VersionOne.   Agile metrics is sometimes a very challenging conversation — some agile development folks don’t like them because they are sometimes used for EVIL! Well, maybe not … 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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How to Win $1,500 for 15 Minutes of Work

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve gotten the memo by now… We’re running a State of Agile Survey. Big freakin’ deal; so are five other groups out there, right? If you only have time to do one of these … Continue reading

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DOING IT While Paired! You Down With the PP? Yeah You Know Me!

Many teams I speak with find value in doing it in pairs. What’s “it” you ask? Well of course I am talking about one of the agile best practices of “Pair Programming.” I hope you didn’t come into this blog … Continue reading

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From VersionOne Customer to VersionOne Employee – Part 2

In my last post I talked about my former role as a VersionOne customer and some of the challenges we faced with waterfall development. I outlined how we selected VersionOne to solve some major collaboration issues and the professional services … Continue reading

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