Month: July 2012

Defining The Qualified User Story

Defining The Qualified User Story

Regardless of the client I work with, the teams seem to initially struggle with understanding how big (or small) a User Story is, relative to Epics, Features, and Tasks.  It doesn’t help when they first ask how big user stories are and my first response is “it depends“. It’s not uncommon to find team members…

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Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full

This morning, I tried to explain a very important concept to my son. I filled a glass with water to the half-way point. I then asked him if the glass was half empty or half full. This all came about because he was playing a video game. He placed fourth out of ten and the message better…

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Agile or Waterfall (Podcast)

Agile or Waterfall (Podcast)

Back in late 2010, I was features on the Talking Work podcast. Then in early 2011, I appeared at the WorkOut 2011 conference.  Because Ty Kiisel and Raechel Logan were such gracious hosts each time, I couldn’t help but say yes when they recently asked me to make another appearance.  Hear what I have to say, when…

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New PMI-ACP Classes Announced

New PMI-ACP Classes Announced

I am happy to report that LeadingAgile is ramping up its Public Training Program.  We will now offer regularly scheduled public training classes in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Early bird registration (30 days or more before class start date) will be heavily rewarded, by way of a $300 discount.  The first class to be announced…

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Operating Outside Your Comfort Zone

Operating Outside Your Comfort Zone

Last week, I facilitated an Agile game, with the goal to increase product delivery throughput.  At the beginning of each iteration, I would remind the team “The seven rules of the game are…“.  Upon completion of the third iteration and only seeing modest gains, one of the team members questioned the need for one of…

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