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Washington Techies Hold Retrospective on Healthcare.gov

Washington Techies Hold Retrospective on Healthcare.gov

Last night, I attended the Washington DC Scrum User Group’s monthly meeting, where a group of 25 technology professionals talked about the Healthcare.gov crisis. There’s been a lot of debate in traditional media as to why the website project incurred so many issues. The group discovered four common themes… No One in Charge: The congressional … 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 »

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 »

Hear Me Speak at AgileDC and Get a Discount

Hear Me Speak at AgileDC and Get a Discount

I will be presenting at the AgileDC conference next month on October 23rd. I’m really excited to be a part of the event this year. AgileDC has established itself as THE place to be for Washington DC area agile practitioners to trade tips, tricks, and war stories about getting work done better. Open this post to learn more and get a special discount code. Continue reading »

Want successful projects? Do less work

Want successful projects? Do less work

The most dramatic cause of project overruns is that we are doing more work than is absolutely necessary to achieve the high-level scope statement. But you can be the exception. Do not simply accept the project plan handed to you. Facilitate true innovation, which is delivering the most valuable business results from the least amount of work. Continue reading »