Category Archives: Agile

Sunday Book Review : Remote by David Heinemeier Hansson

Remote: Office Not Required by David Heinemeier Hansson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I tend to find myself repeatedly finding I agree a lot with Jason and David even though I struggle to identify with them. I thought for sure this [...]

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Sunday Book Review : Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fantastic book. Challenges everything you think you know about how things work. Economics and statistics turned on their heads and seen through a new light. Nassim [...]

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Sunday Book Review : Scrum Mega Pack by Paul VII

Scrum Mega Pack For the Agile Scrum Master, Product Owner and Development Team by Paul VII
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is a group of seven books on the topic of agile methodologies from the author. The first “The [...]

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The Difference Between Influence and Manipulation

I was listening to an episode of Partnerships & Possibilities a while back and got to thinking about influence and manipulation.  Here are some of my thoughts.

The difference between influence, positive persuasion and manipulation.
Manipulation is me trying to get what [...]

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Face to Face for Remote Team Members

Seeking Presence
Trying to do Agile practices on teams with remote team members is always a challenge. Especially when there is only one person on the team that this not physically co-located with the rest of the team. It is easy [...]

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What is the Difference Between Scrum vs Kanban?

What Process is Right For My Team (Scrum vs Kanban)
I see a lot of new teams search endlessly for the best process for to use.  They tend to ask what is best for us?  Which usually devolves into Scrum vs [...]

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How do you define your Bootedness?

Defining Bootedness
Julia Ivashina recently asked a very profound question of “How do you define your bootedness? **
She defines it as “the degree to which I master to exhibit rational behavior in situations where spontaneous reaction used to be my first [...]

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How to Plan Software : Six Ways to Improve Your Scrum Planning Meeting

So many Scrum teams struggle with planning on every level. Whether it be creating initial stories, decomposing stories, estimating stories or breaking them down into tasks. There is a notion that planning should be easy because we are smart, but [...]

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Calculating Lead Times While Waiting at the Motor Vehicle Department

I am fascinated with how systems work and how things are designed.  I put myself in observation mode as much as possible.  Today I had to head the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) to get a few automobile titles transferred into [...]

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How to Run a Lean Coffee Meeting

During a session at Agile Open Northwest convened by Arlo Belshee a number of us discussed good ideas (Lean Coffee, Core Protocols, Open Space Technology, Technical Practices and Team Practices) that needed to be spread.  These are things we take [...]

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