Sometimes #noestimates can’t help you predict the future

Predicting the future, everyone wants to do it...

Now that #noestimates has become fairly mainstream, you could wonder how #noestimates can help you predict the future? When I saw that InfoQ included #noestimates as part of their “State of Agile” article for 2014 it was clear to me that #noestimates will continue to be part of our common…

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Two recent posts

I’ve recently posted two pieces of content on other platforms:

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Agile projects requirements breakdown structure

fibonacci series in nature

In Agile projects, when a set of requirements are received from Clients, it may consist of (a mix of) A few needs, objectives, goals and some partial stories (even though it would have come in a structured document). Re-organizing (re-arranging) those into a requirements breakdown structure (RBS) helps ask right questions to…

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Improved Agile Estimates

Planning poker is a first step towards improved agile estimates.

Do you need improved agile estimates? If your agile process is heavily reliant on effort estimates, then chances are that you need to have the best possible estimates. Are your estimates already as good as they can be or do you need improved agile estimates?

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Agile is not About Laissez-Faire

Many people and companies think of Agile as some kind of Laissez-Faire approach to project management and software development. Agile is in fact a very rigid structure on how to do things so that there may be flexibility in what to do. Agile project management is based on advanced project…

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Benefits of Kanban

In a recent, well written but smallish study, a team of researchers from Finland have tried to find where KanBan has benefits. In their setup, teams of master students were instructed to use KanBan in their software development projects and then interviewed about their subjective perception of the benefits of…

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Waterfall, Agile and the Construction Industry

When people ask me to explain the difference between agile and waterfall methodology I usually give an analogy based on the construction industry: The Construction Industry as “Waterfall Heaven” Construction Site for The Oaks High School Retford   © Copyright B Hilton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons…

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Project Failures

In my inbox today I found a link to an article about what constitutes success and failure in software development projects from a supplier perspective. While the authors were able to find three project success criteria from their systematic literature review they were unable to find failure criteria… The three…

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Agile Requirements and the Agile Backlog

There are many types of backlog items.

Are backlog items and requirements the same thing?

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How to Fail as an IT Purchaser

Caveat Emptor

Update 2014-11-15: This problem is still unsolved. Now contracts are being won with even -11 SEK/h bids for some categories of consultants. Yesterday Computer Sweden revealed how a consultant company had managed to win a bidding competition for providing IT consultants the Swedish social security agency (Försäkringskassan). Their idea was…

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