Jesse Fewell

Innovation. Collaboration. Agility.

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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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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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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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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Big Agile: It’s not just for small projects anymore

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012

Big Agile: It’s not just for small projects anymore

One of the stereotypes for agile approaches is that they only work for small projects. Ten or 15 years ago that might have been the case, but things are vastly different today. Agile techniques now are used as part of the day-to-day project operations of major organizations around the world. Over the last two years, e-commerce giant Tesco.com has implemented agile approaches across all its...

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