January 2017 Goals

Some of this may look familiar, I was a fairly optimistic planner for December and given the amount of time off we all had to use up it really wasn’t feasible. Lesson learned. Projects MOSS07 Decommission Prep January will bring the demise of our SharePoint 2007 environment.  We spent many years, five I believe, converting … Continue reading

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Team Building Diagnostics

Many years ago, I bought this team building guide from Accel. At $12.99 it has paid for itself many times over. It’s remarkably helpful when identifying issues and finding solutions to the common obstacles teams face. The 129-page guide isn’t a light read but if you’re committed to building a strong and cohesive team, it … 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

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