Technology Constipation

We all want to be regular. Something we all have in common at work is the desire to have a regular and predictable cadence of work output. Doing so just makes life easier. It’s rewarding to our customers when they receive their goods and services within expected boundaries. It’s good Read More …

Let’s talk about #NoEstimates

Should we expect estimates for software development? There’s a movement called “No Estimates” that suggests there is a better way to develop software without using estimates as part of the process. In an interview with InfoQ, Woody Zuill states, “Personally for me, what No Estimates is about, is alternative ways Read More …

Repeating software processes. To attract and repel.

Are we attracted to repetition? Yes.  We all are. It touches every facet of our lives. As a few examples, we eat the same types of foods each week, we watch the same TV series, and we read books that belong to a series. A study and report from Alix Read More …

Interactions over Processes (user story template)

The first value statement in the Agile Manifesto is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”. Mike McLaughlin, of Version One, questions the role and influence the growing agile tool set has on individuals and interactions. McLaughlin states that the capability of Agile based software tools adds scalability and efficiencies, Read More …

What manufacturing can teach IT and finance

Manufacturing is about consistent output. Steady manufacturing is about consistent output at regular intervals. The Ford Motor Company is the classic case study for an assembly line process and mass production.  Think about the big idea for what Henry Ford accomplished. The assembly line reduced the labor hours required to Read More …

How the waterfall method effects the PMO

I’ve used the term “Big Bang Software Development” to describe a process where all of the software project scope is delivered at the same time. Traditionally it’s been called the waterfall model.  Industry experts have compared the waterfall model to newer agile methodologies for how they differ in the approach to Read More …

How do agile organizations age?

Working in start-ups and newer organizations has advantages and disadvantages form working in large and more established organizations. With regards to age, more established organizations are likely to use the waterfall method, or a variation of it, for software development. Newer organizations with less people, and not having years of Read More …

4 Steps for Organizational Agility

Last week I provided some thoughts about organizational agility and a few of the root causes for why organizations suffer issues related to non-productivity. Getting work done into today’s organizations often becomes a game of who can beat the system. Management wants you to get your tasks done quickly to Read More …

Organizational agility. Are you serious about it?

Adam Singer shared his thoughts about how organizational agility benefits social media and marketing efforts. As I read his thoughts I couldn’t help but think about how much I agreed with him and have struggled to promote this concept in the work place. Organizational agility is easier in new or Read More …