I’m launching my first book today at #PMICongress

I’m launching my first book today at #PMICongress

Friends, I’m really excited to announce the release of my first book today, Can you hear me now: Working with global, distributed, virtual teams. Here’s the abstract from the back cover: Today’s work world has radically changed. Whether video chatting with China, or taking a call from home, more and more professional work is no longer … Continue reading »

Large Agile Estimation Scenario: Pure Ideal Days

Large Agile Estimation Scenario: Pure Ideal Days

In our previous entry, we looked at the happy path approach for using story points to estimate how much work will fit into the upcoming quarterly release for our fictional product group. Now for the approach of “Ideal Days”. Context: The prelude to the story plays out the same as in our last episode. We have four agile … Continue reading »

Large Agile Estimation Scenario: Pure Story Points

Large Agile Estimation Scenario: Pure Story Points

Now that we’ve covered the problem of estimating large agile projects, as well as some underlying considerations, I want to explore some scenarios and approaches that have been used in the community. First, a word about “large”.  If we are talking about 3-5 teams, the problem of multi-team estimation tends to be quite manageable. The … Continue reading »

The underlying forces that break agile estimation

The underlying forces that break agile estimation

In my last post, I highlighted some of the common problems around estimating the size of upcoming projects. Today, I’m going to think through WHY we are facing these problems. Over the last several months, I’ve been thinking more and more that THE underlying principle in all of management and leadership is “balance”. From Ken … Continue reading »

Agile estimation is broken

Agile estimation is broken

Let me clarify. Sure, all the self-organized team estimation techniques work fine when your planning work for a single team. However, I’m finding more and more that single-team techniques break down when applied to large programs and portfolios. I know this, because I learned it the hard way. Continue reading »

Agile experts say the stupidest things

Agile experts say the stupidest things

It drives me crazy. I heard an agile consultant this week say, “We’re trying to force the client to track progress they way we want her to”. Really? Good luck with that. People tell me over and over the things self-appointed agile experts have said, and when you think about it, not only do they … Continue reading »