Someone drew a line in the sand

Every morning you wake up and do the morning ritual. The order varies for people but the tasks are usually the same. Turn off the alarm clock. Stumble out of bed and get coffee. Go the bathroom. Stare at your phone and check your social media. Take a shower. Do your hair. Brush your teeth. Get dressed. Pack a lunch. Have some breakfast. Stare at phone for a bit. Check the weather on TV or your phone. There are plenty of other things probably on your list if you have kids or pets (fish don’t count). The line in the sand is you want to be out the door by 7:45am.

Traffic with a funny message to drivers that they will be late
Agile deadlines

What happens when you forget to set the alarm. I know you are nodding your head yes because this has happened to all of us. Guess what? You still need to be out the door by 7:45am. And guess what? You did manage to get out the door by 7:45am and get all the stuff done you needed to get done. Sure you skipped a few things but you ended up getting into work on time and still managed to be presentable. I don’t care what you skipped but don’t ever skip brushing your teeth or combing your hair. Skip feeding the fish, they don’t eat much anyways. Skip staring at your phone. You’ll end up staring at it a dozen more times during the day.

Agile by the book says there are no hard deliverable dates. Teams figure out the work and the work drives the delivery date. This happens a lot but we have been faced with hard deadlines many times. Listen to what causes hard deadlines. We will propose our solutions to help you survive the deadline perils. Ensured to make your commute go by fast. 


Velocity Schmelocity

Medieval sprint planning.

They say that the velocity of an agile or scrum team is the Holy Grail for agile metrics. We think that velocity is cool but not that cool. King Arthur would be disappointed in us. Velocity is filled with false positives that we will discuss. Working with velocity is an art, not a science or simple math equation.

Podcast about using velocity for sprint planning and estimating a release date.

Beware of good intentions – Dante’s Inferno

Beware of the good intentions that distract from delivering whatever you are working on. Your agile team has created all sorts of data. You think you have figured out some reports to help solve a problem or show progress. Don’t get distracted with your shiny new report. We go into details about things that we have faced that haven’t worked as expected.

Product Owner wondering what to report on.