Over the years people have identified some styles of management with cute names. Most of the cute names are for obviously bad styles, but not all. Anyway, since I’ve learned a new one recently I thought it miht be fun to review. So I did, and by golly! I found a bunch of different styles […]Read more "What Kind of Manager are You?"
I have spent the past couple of years as the owner of some scrum teams and when I integrate that experience with years of doing, teaching, and coaching scrum I find that I have finally found some good ways to use metrics. This article is for all of you managers and scrum masters out there […]Read more "Metrics for Your Scrum Team"
Last night I launched FourSquare for the first time in several weeks so I could check in from Dubai International Airport, which is another story entirely. No big surprise, FourSquare has been upgraded since I last used the app. Guess what, though? The new version sucks. I hate it. I intend to uninstall it and […]Read more "It’s Agile’s Fault"
Principles of a Compensation System I feel like it’s time to tag up again on the subject of compensation for developers. Compensation comes up as a topic when people are transitioning to scrum, and for a good reason. People are compensated as individuals, but in scrum we begin to understand the role of the team […]Read more "A Fresh Look at Compensation – Pt. I"
I mentioned in my last post about the Indian shower design thing where they tend to leak all over the bathroom floor. Well, on my way to Shanghai yesterday I was sitting next to a Swiss guy who happens to be living in France but is moving back to St. Louis next week. Yuh…huh. Anyway, […]Read more "New Information"
Spending two weeks doing CSM courses in India. Here are a few mostly non-agile non-scrum non-professional notes: Two 9 hour flights in a row is still long. On the way into Delhi, they announced that they had to fumigate the airplane before landing! A moment later you could smell the perfumed insecticide. Turns out it […]Read more
One aspect of the transition to Agile is the switch to truly team-based work. Like all aspects of significant change, it can be difficult to get it to take hold. One of the anti-patterns that coaches see from time to time is when a single developer takes over the development of a user story and […]Read more "Developer Owns a Story – Good Idea or Bad?"