Who should produce estimates?

Estimates Are Painful Estimating is a bit of a pain and there are two reasons for this: Firstly, you are asking people to think about something, and while people like to think about things, they don’t necessarily like to be told exactly what to think about. Secondly and perhaps more...

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Using story maps to retain the bigger picture once we have abandoned Big Design Up Front

Once we accept that Big Design Up Front doesn’t work, and that big version-controlled documents that can’t be easily revised and corrected don’t promote shared understanding in a team, then we’re ready to do Agile. Our team is excited and ready to experience this brave new world, freed from the...

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Simon Godden 16/12/2017

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The Roadmap

The Roadmap The other day I was asked to develop a Roadmap template for our SME customers. We have a lot of variety in this division: from the start-up company that is creating an exciting new product, to established enterprises that are building upon released products. From companies that have...

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Are we going fast enough?

During the past few years our industry has been transitioning from traditional waterfall to agile software development, the panacea to all our problems. This has been partly driven top-down by management seeing success in other projects, and thus as a way of producing a quick fix in their own teams...

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How targets prevent high performing teams

We need high performing teams! High performing teams bring value to our customers at a greater rate.  The faster we do that, the more competitive we are. The use of individual performance metrics is a highly corrosive anti-pattern to the realisation of that goal. Teams deliver projects, not individuals In...

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Simon Godden 27/09/2016

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