Sponsorship vs. Mentorship – what’s the difference?

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There are many articles out there that talk about the importance of having a mentor, especially for women. Sheryl Sandberg discusses it in Lean In. Companies have mentoring programs for new employees, employees who have been there for awhile, and veteran employees. There is co-mentorship, reverse mentorship, peer mentorship, executive mentorship and every type of mentorship in between – but what we’re missing is sponsorship. Continue reading


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The battle I’m sick of fighting

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A rant about estimates, #noEstimates, relative estimating, story points, ideal days. You might learn something or more likely will just be mildly entertained. What else did you expect for a return from a 6+ month hiatus? Oh and also a sneak peak into my research project and how YOU can get involved — check back in March. Continue reading


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Competing Priorities from a Team and Business Perspective

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We [the Agile community] value transparency and prioritization among many other things. We prioritize (or order) the most important things or the riskiest things to work on first. This is not new. What happens when it all is important or is all very risky or there is lack of clarity between the business and the team? Who has the final say in the priority of work items? Continue reading


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The Dos and Don’ts of Conference Attendance – Retrospective on Agile2014 in Orlando, FL

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Agile2014 marks another Agile conference this year. As usual it did not disappoint. This year was extra special because I was able to be a reviewer for the Collaboration, Culture and Teams session track and was also selected to present my session on the UX Runway. It was great to once again catch up with old friends and meet new ones; even some from my home state of Minnesota! Some Women in Agile also got together for an impromptu session in the Open Jam area and though I was not able to make it, I heard great things! After attending many conferences over the past few years I wanted to make a list of some of the things I’ve learned for how to get the most out of your time there. Continue reading


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Gaming the metrics is GOOD!

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I’m going to start off by saying that I know Scrum and metrics don’t necessarily get along. But I will also acknowledge that it’s a necessary evil in most cases. And in a lot of cases it doesn’t have to be evil. Metrics are simply: a method of measuring something. In Scrum, we measure a lot of things. We measure the size of our work items, we measure the effort or time it takes to complete them. We measure our accuracy. All of this is in our quest to become predictable as a team and to improve (and we need to start with a baseline measurement to know if we’ve improved). But when others start taking notice of our metrics, that’s when things get tricky. Continue reading


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