Rick Austin

Enterprise transformation consultant @leadingagile, vocalist in a rock band, avid photographer, and a MINIac.

Author Archives: Rick Austin

When Can We Meet?

Coordinating schedules can be a challenge, this is exacerbated when calendars are not shared. As a consultant, my company calendar has to be my one source of truth. Scheduling meetings within our company isn’t a challenge since we can see each other’s availability. This is not true when you are trying to coordinate across most companies. There are… Read More »

Bye Bye Google Reader, Sniff

Google Reader has been in my stable of tools as long as I can recall for aggregating stories across a variety of blogs, about 170 at the moment. If you haven’t been hiding under a rock you know that Google is retiring Google Reader and as of July 1st it will no longer be available. There has been… Read More »

MINI JCW GP – Clicking For A Friend

Helping a friend in their quest to win a contest for a flipping awesome 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP. You can help by clicking these three links. Pretty please? http://t.co/VzV3n2E5http://t.co/jExgzRX1http://t.co/fzXZRoDy

Guest Post: Focus On What To Leave Out

I will continue to blog here but as a LeadingAgile employee I’ll also be writing blog posts on the LeadingAgile blog. I wanted to share my latest post there called Focus On What To Leave Out. Feel free to join the conversation by commenting on the post. Come visit my blog and post a comment.

MINI GP Contest

My pal and MINI expert Waylon of Way Motor Works is in a heated battle for votes to win this contest. It takes just a moment and I would appreciate it if you could take a moment to help. Below are three links. Each will add a point to his score. MINI GP wallpaper linkMaking of the MINI… Read More »

A Year of Photos

November 17, 2010 marked the beginning of a photographic journey that has forever changed how I see. It has been a year that improved my technical and composition skills as well as my ability to define a vision and execute it photographically. In 2010, I was invited by Tim Stoklas to participate in a Photo 365 project. This… Read More »

It Get The Point, Story Points That Is

So, this story point thing… what’s up with that? When estimating effort for user stories most people use either ideal hours or story points. My recent experiences have been with ideal hours. This works well but there has always been something that keeps me thinking about the value of using story points instead. I’ve never used story points… Read More »

Juggling Features

How often do you really take a look at the amount of work in process you have going on? I often find when I stop to do so I start to understand why my arms are so tired… juggling balls is hard work! Too much work in process will destroy your productivity even in the midst of being… Read More »

Are You Talking To Me?

I’ve lately had a number of conversations with colleagues on the frequent disconnect between IT and the business. Does business look at IT and say, “are you talking to me?” As my friend and colleague Brian Sondergaard (http://blog.softwarearchitecture.com) likes to say, we create this situation and we do it to ourselves. We do this because we believe that… Read More »

Suffocating – Our New Music Video

The band I’m in, Exit Strategy, is made of of three other great friends and we’re going on 14+ years at this point. We’ve come a long way since performing covers to only original material. Well, with sufficient arm twisting we might pop out a cover or two. The last few years we’ve tried to goal ourselves with… Read More »