April 27, 2019

Software is less predictable because of what software is, not because the engineers are bad.

October 3, 2018

It’s fairly common practice in most small companies to sell software capabilities that do not actually exist at the time of sale. When the deal closes, the engineers are given the task of meeting the expectations that were vaguely created by the sales person during the...

August 18, 2018

The CTO stood up in front of the entire team and announced the transition to Agile, “Agile is a journey that we will enter together.  It will help us be a better team.”  The engineers were enthusiastic about the change and looked forward to learning what was expected....

February 3, 2018

Leadership can still drive product direction when you are agile.

April 13, 2017

A client entering a new market with a new product stated to his management, “We might need to do a second release, but after that, we will not need to spend any more on engineering.”  Everyone around the room nodded in agreement and the meeting moved on to other topics...

October 8, 2016

Have you ever been in this situation? You have a really good product idea and have done some homework. While in the cafeteria the Executive VP stops by (she is layers and layers above you but she loves to talk to Product Managers).  You tell her of your idea and she th...

June 22, 2016

The problems of getting good software delivered continuously to the market place are not just a Software Development problem. They affect the entire company and thus the entire company needs to change and help get the products decisions made.  The decisions being made...

November 23, 2015

Jenny just loves programming. She majored in Computer Science and after graduation got a job as a software engineer.  She is clearly one of the best, her software is the underlying architecture for the company’s main product.  She spends all of her time with complex sy...

September 11, 2014

“Are you sure you know Agile, we just don’t ever plan.”  I often get this comment when I raise the “P” word with Agile practitioners.  Whenever I start talking about planning, people steeped in Agile try to shut me down as someone who just does not understand that in t...

August 19, 2014

Why do companies fail? If emotions is not the number one answer, it is close. Think about all the different ways people lose track of what is really going on because they are wrapped up in some sort of feelings (a.k.a. emotions).  They pout, they refuse to help, they g...

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