Jesse Fewell

Innovation. Collaboration. Agility.

New Scrum RACI for Roles & Responsibilities

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014

New Scrum RACI for Roles & Responsibilities

  Scrum is by far and away the most popular of all the agile methods in use today. A key feature of Scrum is the distribution of responsibilities across three roles: a business representative (Product Owner), a group of skilled professionals building a product (Development Team), and a facilitator who removes obstacles (ScrumMaster). These roles have become ubiquitous in Agile projects...

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5 Other Agile Manifestos You May Have Missed

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

5 Other Agile Manifestos You May Have Missed

Many of you have heard the Agile movement was formalized by the creation and promotion of the Agile Manifesto, back in 2001.  However, the inevitable result of any successful movement is “embrace and extend”. A number of variants of the manifesto have popped up over the years to make a particular point. In spirit of this upcoming lucky 13th anniversary of the manifesto, here are five...

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Offshore Agile Isn’t the Problem. It’s the Solution.

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014

Offshore Agile Isn’t the Problem. It’s the Solution.

The honeymoon is over. Looking to deliver more while spending less, just about every large company has engaged in distributed offshore projects over the last several years. But organizations are discovering that outsourcing carries more pain than was promised. More projects are suffering from quality issues, language gaps and woefully unmet expectations. So what can we do? Here are some ways...

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Self-Organization Isn’t The Point

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014

Self-Organization Isn’t The Point

Fast Company’s article this week about Zappos.com has brought the debate over Self-Organization back into focus. But I’m thinking that the debate is sort of missing the whole point about what we’re trying to do with our workforce. Specifically, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh’ s decision to remove all manager roles has elicited a very skeptical counter point from Alison Griswold at Business Insider....

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Bad Requirements? Actually, that’s your fault

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014

Bad Requirements? Actually, that’s your fault

I’m growing weary of project managers whining about bad requirements. The truth is, no one can possibly be surprised. From research studies to high-profile disasters, we hear over and over that incorrect requirements and poor scope management are key reasons projects fail. If we know this is a recurring problem in project work, why do we mindlessly continue engaging in the rote repetition of...

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The magic secret to achieving your goals? Be willing to fail first.

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013

The magic secret to achieving your goals? Be willing to fail first.

This year I accomplished one of my dream goals to run a marathon. It was a climactic moment where I graduated into another class of achievers. Want to know my secret for how I did it? I failed the first time. And that failure directly led to my success. I had actually set the goal of running a marathon back in 2012. Near the middle of the year, I created a December 6th deadline by paying money...

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