Month: March 2009

Helpful Hints For Project Meetings

Helpful Hints For Project Meetings

People generally go to meetings because they are asked to attend. With a simple click of the mouse, they accept. Rarely do they respond to your request with the why did you invite me question. Some accept and just don’t show up. These are contributing factors that sway a meeting from productive to unproductive.  I…

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Understanding Agile Scrum and common terms

Understanding Agile Scrum and common terms

I’ve been in a few meetings this last week where people were mentioning Scrum terms but didn’t know what they were. It’s not their fault. The person introducing the terms into the project vocabulary should have provided an explanation before referencing them. For those of you new to Agile Scrum, here are a few basics:…

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Kobayashi Maru for Projects

Kobayashi Maru for Projects

Without trying to appear to be too much of a geek, I sometimes code-name a project as Kobayashi Maru. For those out there who are not Star Trek geeks, Kobayashi Maru is a test in which command division cadets at Starfleet Academy are presented with a no-win scenario as a test of character. I use…

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Using Agile does not mean a lack of defined process

Using Agile does not mean a lack of defined process

Sometimes I’m not surprised to hear one of our current contractor say they are now using Agile.  This is their explanation for ad-hoc builds, lack of documentation, and lack of predictable process.  It can be frustrating to hear of development groups using it as a scapegoat.  Waterfall has been the decided process for our main…

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