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  • Unconferencing #NoEstimates

    A little over a week ago, Paul Boos hosted the first Agile Dialogs Unconference. Our subject was inspired by the debate surrounding #NoEstimates. We hoped to get beyond some of the rhetoric and grapple with perspectives from both sides. I was hopeful that we would increase our overall understanding and generate some ideas for real […]

  • The Perils of “Obvious” Testing

    Like many, I’ve been stunned by the VW Emissions Scandal. But I’ve also been fascinated. when I heard that software had been written to circumvent the EPA’s tests I immediately started wondering how it was done. I thought that would be an extremely complicated process, but that was because I failed to understand the nature […]

  • Thoughts on Agile Coach Camp US

    I attended Agile Coach Camp US last week. It was a wonderful experience and a great way to explore new ideas. Here are some of my personal highlights of the event. Temenos Olaf Lewitz gave an excellent introduction to the concept of Temenos. It’s an approach that emphasizes creating space for effective conversations and mutual understanding […]

  • Weighing in on #NoEstimates

    I’m a big fan of the debates that have been triggered by #NoEstimates. It’s wonderful to have the dialog, even though many of us often end up talking past each other. I think the root of some of the misunderstanding rests in our assumptions about planning and how we think about risk. I like the […]

  • Nominated for Brickell Key

    I’ve been nominated for the Brickell Key Award! I’m tremendously excited about this. The award highlights excellence with Kanban, honoring people who have shown outstanding achievement, leadership, and contribution to the Kanban community. I’m also rather stunned. I don’t think of myself as having shown outstanding leadership or achievement. I really value Kanban though, and […]

  • I Always See the Gorilla

    By now most of you have probably seen one or more variants of the “Gorilla Video.” I’ll do my best not to spoil it in case you haven’t, as the experience can be quite illuminating. What I’ve always found most interesting about those videos is that I always see the gorilla, and in similar videos, […]

  • The Danger of Singular Attractors

    “Responding to Change over Following a Plan” That phrase is one of my favorites from the Agile Manifesto. In mulling it over the other day—and thinking about how to explain its value to others—I felt that a historical example could help explain the dangers of adhering too strongly to a specific plan when circumstances change. […]

  • Thoughts on Slack and WIP

    The other day, I was reading this excellent posting by Matt Heusser on the dangers and consequences of having too much work in progress (WIP). It mirrors my own experiences the past few months. I have a number of techniques in place to manage my own work and keep WIP at a productive level, but I’ve […]

  • How Can We Learn When Lessons Take So Long?

    Last week I was discussing the idea of software rewrites with a good friend. It was a relevant topic; different teams that we work with are being asked to, or are in the process of, rewriting various pieces of software. But our conversation wasn’t about the mechanics of rewriting applications; it was about the decision […]

  • What and When to Automate?

    This post springs out of a Twitter conversation with Marc Burgauer and Kim B. They will also be sharing their thoughts on what and when to automate (here and here, respectively). My simple answer is that automation is most valuable when it can provide rapid feedback into the decisions people make. When the question came […]