Agile Tasking – Why You Should Be Tasking Out Stories

There are five levels to Agile planning: Product Vision – What are you building, why, when and for who. Product Roadmap – Everything related to the releases needed to meet the vision; themes, features, objectives and dates. Release Planning – Everything related to meeting the goals of the release, the iterations, team and capacity, stories, … Continue reading

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Strategic Planning for Teams

Creating strategic plans for an individual team is not something I’ve found is common but I feel it can be worthwhile. Typically, we are given goals and do the work to figure out how to achieve them, and that cycle repeats itself regularly over time. I found that when I got my first development team … Continue reading

Resource Planning

One of the most common questions I’m asked about running Agile projects and teams is how do I do resource planning. The short answer is that it’s a three or four step process; understand available time, iteration planning, release planning and then long term planning. Available Time There are a couple of things to consider … Continue reading

Goals – October 2016

Projects  This reorganization caused a lot of upheaval, six months or so on and I’m still getting a handle on what we’re doing and where we need to be. To add to that, I’ve also started managing a QA team, which has added a considerable number of meetings and competing priorities to my plate. This … Continue reading

What I Do All Day, Really

I thought I’d mix things up a bit and do a little post on what I actually do in any given day. This month I picked a Tuesday – because I normally don’t have any meetings and it’s a day beyond the craziness that can be a Monday around here. My Morning Ritual I “Inbox … Continue reading