April 27, 2019

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

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...

July 21, 2014

The very first time I encountered Agile development practices I was puzzled by how one does planning in that environment.  The mantra, from many sources, is that you really do not need to do planning.  As the theory goes, all planning is time consuming and wrong, so wh...

March 29, 2014

Bill turned to me, the Agile Coach he was looking to hire to “fix engineering”, and said “I am tired of the laziness and non-delivery of the engineers.  If they want to be Agile, that is fine with me, but I do not want this stuff bothering the rest of the company.  I j...

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