Elements of Agile Style – 1

I have written a short handbook, called “The Elements of Agile Style.” (Current draft available in PDF.) What got into me? Well, I had to do it. We need more reminders of the basic stylistic elements before we move forward to work in our own individual style. This is the way with any art. You […]

Face To Face Still Matters

Last Friday, Esther Derby wrote a blog entry that struck a nerve. Part of the reason I started this blog is because I see so many people worrying about costs without considering the benefits, or the means without considering (enough about) the ends. Esther’s entry is “Face to Face Still Matters,” and of course it […]

Waste in projects…Working hard is not enough.

The second big idea in Lean is waste, or getting rid of waste (muda in Japanese). Seems obvious. Not many would say they are in favor of waste. First: Why do I want to talk about this? Many reasons. I meet so many development team members who are so gung-ho, they want to impress everyone […]

Customer Value & Lean

To discuss Lean and Lean Software Development is a long task. Permit me to start slowly, with background, and to start with some digressions. There has been a lot of talk lately of the auto business and what will happen to Chrysler. Is there something there we can learn? Lean, as you know, is most […]