Fav Biz Links – July 2015

My favorite short reads from July: The Argument Against 5-Year-Plans: You Can’t Stay Adaptable Without Room to Change I recently went through an exercise where I was to take a moment and picture my future in 6 month, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years. The first two were easy; I know what … Continue reading

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Manage Your Day-to-Day – Routines & Focus

This year my team chose a book by Behance – 99U Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind. This book is a collection of essays written by some of my favorite authors (Gretchen Rudin, Seth Godin, and Dan Ariely) and promises to help you tackle your day by … Continue reading

Velocity – Reporting vs Predicting Progress

This is my team’s burndown chart, what we use to communicate progress across all groups and how we measure progress    against the plan. You may notice that there are a few data points that aren’t typical in most Agile burndowns; the first being that we don’t measure progress in story points and the second that … Continue reading

July 2015 – Goals

Projects We recently took over support for two existing .Net applications, both of which have a significant amount of technical debt, while we’ve been able to fix things it’s getting to the point where we really need to decide if we’re going to push for a rewrite or continue on this path of patching. I’m … Continue reading