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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99U Manage Your Day-to-Day – Tools

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

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

Innovation – Creative Abrasion

Two things connected for me recently in a stars aligning kind of way. Years ago, 11 in fact, I purchased a creative abrasion training guide for my team thinking that it would a good tool when working with other teams or customers where the relationship was contentious to help us to get through combat to … 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