Metric System

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “How we deal with death, is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn’t you say?” – Admiral Kirk Have you ever been faced with a concept or idea that just refused to go away?  I think my least favorite one is “Service Level Agreement (SLA)”.  But right after that one is “Metrics”. As an Agile Coach, […]

If I had a tractor…

Agile Estimation and Planning Introduction With the advent of agile methods and their affinity for rapid delivery cycles, traditional estimation models are coming up wanting.  Agile estimation, while undoubtedly faster is also difficult for some to grasp.  Expressing work in terms of time has been burned into the software community’s psyche.  But it doesn’t have to […]

When things get hard…

“We practice when things are easy so we can use it when they get hard.” The phone in the dining room rang, the caller id showed my parent’s number.  My wife looked at the phone, then up at the clock, then at me.  Somehow, we instinctively knew what was coming.  I pushed the speakerphone button, and I […]

Orchestrating Beautiful Music

Can you imagine if you invite the best musicians in the world to perform in an orchestra without having any coordination between them? Although not the intention of the author, the quote above served as a bit of inspiration for me this afternoon.  Agility is often maligned by its detractors as being ultimately untenable because […]

Accentuate the Negative?

The instant message app chimed on my desktop. “How confident are you that we won’t find any more defects in testing?”, the department head asked. I glanced over at the task board, at the lone sticky note sitting in the “In Progress” section: “Architecture Review”, it read. I popped open the chat window, and responded, […]