November Biz Links

3 Productivity Hacks – Pluralsight I love this video, at 27 minutes, it is more of a webinar than quick tips but it’s well worth it. It covers how to consolidate your inboxes, use your schedule to your advantage and create focused time to get important to-dos off your list. I’m still working on the first … Continue reading

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

Business Model You – Part 4

A few years ago I spent some time learning about business modeling after reading Business Model Generation. When I spotted Business Model You by the same author on the shelves, I immediately grabbed it, it promised to be the answer to my career planning problem. Business Model You takes the exact same approach used in … Continue reading

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