One of the things that I think holds Scrum teams back from being successful is that they often learn about the Scrum process but don’t learn about Agile culture or infrastructure. Because Scrum is a system that relies on all of it’s parts, failure to master Agile culture and infrastructure means that companies will also […]
If you have a distributed team or can’t get a regular meeting space in your workplace, online video conferencing may be your next best alternative for a Scrum team’s daily standup. While I always advocate for co-located teams with a dedicated meeting place for standups, I realize that this isn’t always feasible. You’re probably well […]
My elevator speech goes like this: “I design, develop, and ship innovative products that delight customers, create value, and do good in the world.” Those last three components—delight customers, create value, and do good in the world—are the three most important aspects of a successful product. Here’s why I think so: Delight Your Customers Software […]
A couple of years ago, my former manager David Denton forwarded me a recorded presentation by Mary Poppendieck, a leading Agile software development expert and co-author of the popular book “Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are not the Point.”
Watching the video on the InfoQ website is a bit kludgey and Mary has lots of wonderful details that are worth hearing. So, with Mary’s permission, I’ve had the video transcribed and included her slides in context. I hope that this will make this very useful knowledge easier to find and learn from. Mary, thanks again.
I’ve eschewed block-quote formatting as it made this transcript a little harder to read. I’ve also edited slightly for readability. Otherwise, everything beyond this point is Mary’s work.
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I attended the Google I/O Extended “Develop for Good” hackathon in San Francisco in late June. We were asked to create a solution for one of three challenges: Google Politics & Elections: Citizen Engagement for Politics & Elections Google Ideas: Conflict Reporting for Blackout Situations in Repressive Regimes Google Green: Help us all be a […]
The tweets displayed on the right-hand column of my blog are displayed with an excellent little utility called HL Twtter. I found a little bug: HL Twitter doesn’t seem to unescape HTML entities when displaying tweets. I made a minor edit to the plugin’s functions.php file that appears to have resolved the issue. Add the […]
Many of you will be familiar with Peter Skillman’s Marshmallow Challenge, an exercise frequently given to teams and business school students. Teams of four are given 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, one yard of twine, and a marshmallow. They are then given 18 minutes to build a free-standing structure that places the […]
My coworker Ashley and I have been working hard on Momtastic.com, a new mom website. It’s taken a fair amount of work to piece it together, but it’s slowly on its way to being an uplifting and inspirational website for mothers. I hope you enjoy it!