Adopting Agile (Lean Software Development – 4)

Brad Appleton, whom I mentioned in my last short post, also had this post linking to Agile Adoption as reported in the Agile Journal. This issue is talking about top-down Agile Adoption. My own view is generally that the workers deliver to the customers, and the managers support the workers. So, in line with that, […]

Lean Resources

Brad Appleton had this post with a LOT of Lean resources. I have not reviewed them all. I will endeavor to annotate them later.

Little’s Law – Lean Software Development – 3

Again, another post that was inspired by the Poppendieck’s.  This one is a particular favorite of mine: Little’s Law. (No, not me.) This is from John Little, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School, and it’s about queuing theory. We believe (and in fact experience has shown) that we should satisfy the customer as quickly as […]

Do we have to use the F-word?

OK, it’s a provocative title. I like to talk about two F-words: Feelings and Failure. This post is about failure and how to use it. I was working inside a firm recently and someone said: “We can’t talk about failure around here. That would hurt our careers.” Ummm. First, let me (apparently) change subjects completely. […]

The Elements of Agile Style – 2

Apparently my recent post about this new draft handbook was buried in the March posts. If you are interested in this handbook, please see that post.  Subscribe in a reader

Lean Software Development – 1

This post was partly inspired by Mary & Tom Poppendieck, who are experts in Lean Software Development. It was also inspired by an inquiry. So, I wanted to talk some about Lean. Specifically, about waste, which is known as muda in Japanese. Earlier I posted about waste. This is a different perspective on the same […]

Agile is not like golf

We have to be careful with similes (or metaphors). If you have played golf, you know that any fool can hit the golf ball a few yards with any of the clubs. It is getting that tiny ball in that tinier cup that’s the problem. It is scoring near par that is hard, and mastery […]

Agile is like golf

I went to New York last week to visit friends and to visit one of the greatest cities in the world. Wonderful energy. A fairly well-known joke line goes like this: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Answer: Practice, practice, practice. This is one of my main points as I watch The Masters golf […]

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls

(See note on the title of this post below.) In my culture, this is the beautiful, daffodil time of year. When spring has sprung; and when Passover and Easter come to pass, yet again.  The long cold winter is over, and the stream of life bursts forth in joy; if just to be alive again. […]

Getting Business Decisions Made – 2

A few days ago I posted on this subject — this is a continuation of that post. I had already discussed the first of Esther Derby’s six steps. (Again, I am trying to discuss something different from what she was going at, so naturally there will be differences.) Now, let’s discuss her second step: Step […]