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

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

Goals – January 2016

Well based on my ability to post in the last six months, writing should probably be at the top of my list for goals this January. I’ve been a little consumed with day to day work, volunteer work and life lately but here I am again and I’ll do my best to catch up and … Continue reading

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

July 2015 – Goals

Projects We recently took over support for two existing .Net applications, both of which have a significant amount of technical debt, while we’ve been able to fix things it’s getting to the point where we really need to decide if we’re going to push for a rewrite or continue on this path of patching. I’m … Continue reading