Tag Archives: Management

Recruiting

I want to start by saying that I’m not a professional recruiter. I’m certain they have challenges I know nothing about. But I know the way recruiting works has to change if we’re going to see Agile methods take hold. … Continue reading

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An Agile Firm Fixed-Price Contract

On February 1, 2017, I started as the Scrum Master on a Firm Fixed Price contract. We had a specific Scope of Work and a target end date. The planning team had reviewed the Scope and assessed the number of … Continue reading

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The Functional Manager in Agile

When doing an Agile transformation it’s generally easy to get team members on board with what we’re trying to achieve. Most people appreciate the opportunity to become empowered and to have a better understanding of the business goals they’re supporting. … Continue reading

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Control vs. Honesty

At first inspection the two words don’t seem to be in conflict.  It seems that your software development project can be in control our out of control, and your status data be honest or dishonest.  It looks like four valid … Continue reading

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Waterfall Anonymous

My name is Bill, and I’m a Project Manager. Hi, Bill My story isn’t very different from most of yours.  I started out just doing simple experimenting with Gantt charts, hoping it would be an easier way to track my … Continue reading

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Simplicity

One of the reasons lean methods work so well is that their simplicity exposes reality in a way that allows management to make good decisions about the way forward.  A complex, heavyweight methodology creates a lot of corners that can … Continue reading

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Fear

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. – Frank Herbert, Dune A little healthy fear is a good thing.  It’s what identifies risks to team members.  It’s what encourages people to plan well.  It’s what allows you to consider … Continue reading

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