Changing the code base landfill into a lean and learning recycling center


Waste seems to be a simple enough concept: anything that does not add value should be eliminated. But what about the features that are supposed to add value and actually don’t? What about the features that are started working on as an idea or a quick win that we do to just get it out there quickly – MVP style but not really – that end up being thrown away or redone soon after? Afterward, no one denies those are waste; but how do we turn waste into something that can be recycled? Continue reading

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Speaking at Lviv IT Arena in Lviv, Ukraine


I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to Lviv, Ukraine to speak at the Lviv IT Arena conference. Speaking internationally in a country I had never traveled to and experiencing the discomfort of not understanding the languages and culture made for a very memorable trip. I met some wonderful people and formed some hopefully lasting networking and collaboration relationships. Continue reading

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MVP: Minimum Validation Phrase – How I know I’m making a difference

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I received a text message last night from one of my developers around 8:15 pm. “Do you want to talk shop?” it said. My first thought was, oh dear, what is broken now? (it’s release week as it is every other week and it’s been a rough month or two). When he called me and what he said next completely blew my mind. Continue reading


Stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight?!


Ah, the elusive, well-executed stand up meeting. In my experience, the stand up or daily Scrum is often the first thing we try to implement when introducing a team to Scrum and also the first thing to deteriorate as teams mature or don’t mature. But what actually makes a good stand up and what are some symptoms to avoid for a poor one? I’ve been circling this for awhile now and here is what I’ve come up with – including the ‘eyes closed stand up.’ Continue reading


I don’t have all the answers…and it’s ok!


Coming up on Agile2015 is hitting me right in the feels. This will be my fourth Agile Alliance conference, my fourth job in as many years (actually fifth), my second time presenting at an Agile Alliance conference, my second time presenting in Washington D.C., and my first time really feeling like I have no idea what I’m doing. Continue reading


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