Tag: Estimating

New Scrum Team Challenges

New Scrum Team Challenges

A while ago, I published a post titled: Simple Cheat Sheet to Sprint Planning Meeting.  Though I understand every team is different, I thought it would be helpful to those who are new to agile processes.  People are always looking for cheat sheets, templates, and stuff like that.  What is the harm of giving them what they want?…

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FAR from accurate

FAR from accurate

This post is not specifically about FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations).  It’s about using relative grading or estimates (evaluations), before absolute grading or estimates (evaluations).  As an advisor to a source selection committee, I’m not allowed to write or talk about what is happening behind closed doors.  I can, however, write about the FAR .  Don’t click away just…

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Don’t be a Lumbergh

Don’t be a Lumbergh

I’m plugging away on my presentation “Breaking the Law of Bureaucracy” for the upcoming Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference. Though I know I should be focusing on how to break this law, I can’t help but think of the organizational bureaucracies we all deal with.  Two types of people within our organizations come to mind, the…

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Brooks’ Law

Brooks’ Law

I was looking for something on the SEI website and came across a piece about Brooks’ Law that caught my attention.  Brooks’ law is a principle in software development which says that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”. It was coined by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. in his 1975 book The…

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Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law

When I was growing up, I was told the bigger the goldfish bowl, the bigger a goldfish would grow.  Keep the bowl small if you want to limit the goldfish size.  Thinking back, it’s a pretty good metaphor for my understanding of Parkinson’s Law.  The saying “Parkinson’s Law” was first coined by Cyril Northcote Parkinson in…

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Agile Traffic Analogy

Agile Traffic Analogy

The post today was brought to you by… my hellish commute and those in the Washington DC metropolitan area who help create it.  Thanks! Today, I’m going describe Agile concepts by using my commute as the analogy. Goal During any given day, spend as much time working or at home and as little time commuting as possible. I’ll…

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