Velocity – Understanding Your Points

I started this project to help me find the right data points to assist not only with better iteration planning but also to help me plan future iterations with a solid estimate of what we typically complete. I started off by looking at our Velocity, typically the number you use but not something we find … Continue reading

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

Manage Your Day to Day – Kick Off

At the end of every year I pick 4 to 5 different books that have either been recommended to me or that I’ve read myself as nominees for our monthly book club. My team then has a few weeks to review each book and vote on the titles they are most interested in. Everyone had … Continue reading

Book Club – Deep Dive by Rich Horwath

Every year I let my team pick a book that some will become the basis of our monthly book club, this year they chose a book called Deep Dive by Rich Horwath. The book focuses on how to implement strategic planning as a team by focusing on three disciplines; acumen or understanding your business environment, … Continue reading

Estimating with Agile

Why do you need to estimate well? Imagine that you’re a lender; you review loan requests, negotiate the terms and the repayment plan all up front. These are agreed upon and even signed off on by all parties, money exchanges hands, and you bask in the glory of a great plan. Along comes the first … Continue reading