Jesse Fewell

Innovation. Collaboration. Agility.

Large Agile Estimation Scenario: Pure Story Points

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013

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 real pain comes in around 10 teams or so....

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I’m speaking on the “The Agile Business Analyst” TOMORROW night

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013

I’m speaking on the “The Agile Business Analyst” TOMORROW night

Just a quick note to say I’m speaking tomorrow evening at the Baltimore Chapter of the IIBA. I often get asked “What is the role of a BA in an agile environment.” Much like a project manager, a business analyst carries a set of expectations and is legitimately interested in how that changes when we change our approach to work. If you’re a BA, product manager, or someone...

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Agile experts say the stupidest things

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012

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 violate the spirit of the agile movement, they just sound silly. Tell me if you’ve heard one of these...

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Hear Me Speak at AgileDC and Get a Discount

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012

Hear Me Speak at AgileDC and Get a Discount

I will be presenting at the AgileDC conference next month on October 23rd. Sprint Backlog Considered Harmful: Advanced Patterns and Paradoxes of Scrum 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. Last year’s...

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Want successful projects? Do less work

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

Want successful projects? Do less work

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You’ve been handed a project charter, a detailed requirements document, an unrealistic plan — and a mandate to be successful. Then, as a dutiful project manager, you simply accept the unreasonable, and march forward to inevitable disaster. An agile approach calls for a different idea: replan. Find a new path that involves the shortest distance between...

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