Tag: retrospective

The power of precise wording

Words are very important to me. Obviously, I’m a blogger. I write a plethora of emails, debate constantly about writing a book, write presentations and articles, and have written more papers than I care to think about. I also pay very close attention to word choice in speaking and obsess about implied meaning. You can tell a lot about what a person really thinks by the words they choose.


December 8, 2015 3

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?


November 4, 2015 0

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

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.


September 17, 2015 6

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.’


August 26, 2015 2

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.


July 30, 2015 6