Category Agile

Quality and Process Drive Execution and Innovation

Personally, I am a big believer in quality.  I am also a big believer in process.  Why?  I think both improve execution speed (which translated means getting to do more of the fun stuff).  How does it help? Quality: A concept I like is Shu-Ha-Ri. It is from Karate and talks about when to follow […]

Accountability

What does it take to put accountability into practice in an organization?  I was refreshing my memory with staff performance review season coming up again.  Clear accountability can help organizational efficiency.  I think there is always benefit in defining clearer expectations up front (even though this will take effort) and with better measurement of progress […]

What I Like about Poker Planning

Poker planning is one scheme often used in Scrum or other Agile methodologies as a way of helping to estimate tasks in a sprint. The way I used it was to get the sprint team together (the people who will do work in the sprint), for them to come up with a proposed list of […]

Shu-Ha-Ri

I repeat myself a lot. I tend to say the same thing in multiple places. I even tend to say the same thing to the same people. But it’s usually because I really believe it. (Hopefully it is not a sign of short term memory loss!) Recently I have found myself repeating a phrase and […]

Cooking Timers and Agile

A cute idea I heard the other day was to have “no interruption” timers for people. Get a wind up kitchen timer (one that shows how long before the timer will go off) and then when you don’t want interruptions set the timer and put it somewhere visible. It is both an indication of “go […]

You can’t improve what you can’t measure

I have came across this phrase repeated during my career from different people. It has a few forms You can’t manage what you can’t measure You can’t improve what you can’t measure By measuring something it will automagically improve There is a lot of truth in this. Why? There are a number of aspects If […]