Month: November 2015

Lean Metrics in the Real World

Lean Metrics in the Real World

Today, I was faced with the unfortunate task of renewing my driver’s license. It’s been 10 years since the last renewal and I remember the last time I was at the Maryland MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) office, I waited for what seemed to be an hour.  We all know how painful the experience is.  You stand…

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MythBusters Tour in Baltimore

MythBusters Tour in Baltimore

Last night we went into downtown Baltimore and saw Jamie and Adam of MythBusters fame. This performance was much like last year, with the exception that last year we had backstage passes and got to meet them both. Though I have a lot of respect for Jamie, my admiration goes to Adam Savage.  I listen to him regularly on…

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How Not to Choose an Agile Framework

How Not to Choose an Agile Framework

It doesn’t matter if you’re choosing an Agile development framework like SAFe or an Agile Transformation Framework like the LeadingAgile Basecamp model, the models and frameworks are incomplete, by design.  They need to be adapted to meet your organizational goals.  Do you think the Agile Manifesto would have lasted as long as it has, if it answered all…

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Are You For or Against Estimates

Are You For or Against Estimates

Today, I spent the day at the AgileDialogs Unconference.  The goal was dialog over debate. The theme?  “Agile Predictions: Exploring the tools for making sound business decisions with & without estimates” The question is, are you for or against estimates? Given the clients I work with, I find value in estimates.   Given the clients and organizations other attendees…

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Outcomes Over Activities

Outcomes Over Activities

I overheard someone give an instruction to his direct report. Make sure you create a task, so you can get credit for that. When I hear stuff like that, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. I’ve informed this person countless times that nobody outside the team cares about the tasks and the hours associated with…

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