Tag Archives: CapDev

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 »

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.

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 »

Check Your Creativity At The Door

There is little doubt that companies that foster a culture of creativity will outperform, by a large margin, those that do not. A number of sources have proven this fact and I recommend reading The Future of Management for great examples. Unfortunately, it seems to be difficult for companies to actually create an innovative culture. One where creativity is… Read More »

Getting Ahead, Really?

Have you ever been in a situation where you have not gotten enough sleep for some period of time? At some point you are able to sleep normally again which does wonders for your recovery. In times of extreme exhaustion we might want to sleep more than a normal amount. We believe we can make up for our… Read More »

How Many Startups Have You Invested In?

Does this look familiar? Someone comes up with a new idea. That idea is shared and has promise. It is then sent up the “chain” where it increasingly meets resistance. More often than not, it is killed. Why? It is too different from what we do today We don’t have resources that can be taken off “approved” projects… Read More »

Let Me Count The Waste – Burning Tax Dollars

Wow, how impressed I am that the US Census Bureau would take the time to send me a letter to alert me that I will be receiving a census form from them in the next week. I will be watching the mailbox for the next 7 days with great anticipation. This may indeed be the pinnacle of 2010.… Read More »

Can I Help You Sir?

How much of your time is spent helping colleagues across your company? Are you so entrenched in your day to day work that you don’t have the time to help when you could? Are pressures on to ignore those in need, those that could benefit from your skills? I’ve been thinking about this lately and the lost opportunities… Read More »