The Terrible Cost of Multi-tasking

Very simply I want to illustrate the impact of multi-tasking.  It has an impact on value delivered as well as satisfaction from stakeholders and customers.  My very simple model consists of three features that each require three tasks that take one day per task to complete.  Once a feature is complete it will deliver $100 Read more about The Terrible Cost of Multi-tasking[…]

Capturing a Backlog of User Stories

An effective Agile shop starts with a well groomed backlog of user stories.  This means collecting all of the user stories the organization is asking for into the backlog.  But where to start? Collecting anything is better than nothing but there are a few key data points that can really help when a user story Read more about Capturing a Backlog of User Stories[…]

What is a Scrum burn-down chart?

I was first introduced to burn-down charts without knowing that’s what I was seeing.  I was attending a monthly chapter meeting of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the guest speaker was presenting his methods for tracking and managing projects.  What he demonstrated fascinated me to the point that I contacted the Vice President of Read more about What is a Scrum burn-down chart?[…]

Article Recommendation: What are Story Points? By Mike Cohn

Mike Cohn has a great introduction to the concept of story points and how to think about them on his blog at MountainGoatSoftware.com. It is a brief introduction that gives a definition of story points, what factors go into determining story points, and how they should be used in relative estimation of effort. The article provides Read more about Article Recommendation: What are Story Points? By Mike Cohn[…]

What is a Scrum Master?

The Role of the Scrum Master The Scrum Master is responsible for keeping the process of Scrum flowing.  They are the ones that facilitate the Ceremonies of Scrum, Maintain the Artifacts of Scrum, and Removes Obstacles that are blocking the progress of team members. It is the Scrum Master’s responsibility to ensure that the Product Read more about What is a Scrum Master?[…]

Scrum Meaning – What is the definition of Scrum?

The Short Version Scrum is an agile methodology primarily focused on the delivery of software that increases the value of a product or organization. The Long Version Scrum breaks the mold of traditional waterfall development of software systems.  In waterfall every step was monolithic and one directional.  You worked and worked and worked on a Read more about Scrum Meaning – What is the definition of Scrum?[…]

Do yourself a favor, setup a Kanban board RIGHT NOW!

If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to stay focused on the work you need to be doing there’s a simple tool that can help you prioritize, stay focused, and get work done faster and with better results.  All it takes is a white board, some dry erase markers, and index cards or sticky notes. What Read more about Do yourself a favor, setup a Kanban board RIGHT NOW![…]