Posts By: andy

In defense of retrospectives

Bob Marshall wrote on his popular blog, that retrospectives make no sense if they are not about a hypothesis – or in other words, if they are not about analyzing why things didn’t go as we envisioned. This was followed with others voicing their agreement (example). While I agree with Bob on many things this

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Breaking complexity with consistency

Something I wrote the other day to a team I was coaching: As you may remember at the end of the second day I made the observation that if I were to describe you with one word I would choose “everything”. This is so because many times you collectively tried to cover everything in your

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Ethical obligation – legal obligation?

When I talk to software developers[1] I always stress that as professionals they have an ethical obligation to deliver good code quality. I’m not alone in this – people far more known and respected, like Ken Schwaber for example, keep on saying the very same thing for years now: if you are software professionals you

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Success is a state

Our culture is conditioning us to instinctively think of success as a one-time event. In movies when lovers finally overcome obstacles and get together the story ends – “they lived happily ever after” (the interesting questions is: “how?”). In sports an athlete runs, jumps, swims – arrives first or jumps the farthest so he is

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CFO – Chief Fun Officer

Software development is a very peculiar industry. If work is not fun for those doing it the products will be mediocre at best and so will be the company – it can make money but it will never be a great company attracting talented people. This is so because software development is not really engineering

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An interesting experience in servant leadership

I have been leading a two day workshop a couple of months ago and it was an interesting experience in servant leadership that I can now share. The workshop was about the overall systems architecture at the company I was working with at the time. My mission there was transforming their IT department into an

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One cert to rule them all

What I suspected for a long time will happen just did: PMI has announced its agile certificate. This is a significant development for many reasons. First of all it officially confirms agile’s position amongst respected management methods – as part of the mainstream. I wrote about it at length recently, so I’ll just point out

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The Future of Agile

With 2010 ending soon it is a good moment to think about the future of agile. First – lets define it: agile is a set of principles, methods and practices that emphasise short turnaround times, high flexibility (also as a way of dealing with risk through adaptation), focus on quality and teams. Agile has been

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Three things I don’t like in the agile community

1. Dogmatism Agile is about adaptive, creative approach to complex work yet amazingly average agilists are the most dogmatic people I know. If you read their blogs and follow their tweets you will soon see dogmas being proclaimed and anathemas being cast on heretics who don’t agree. The irony is that those dogmas can be

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Is Agile for everyone?

Almost three years ago at the Agile Development Practices conference Mary Poppendieck took the stage and announced to the assembled agilists that Agile has become mainstream. It was met with applause. This moment reflects very well the mood of those involved in the agile movement back then. Everyone was sure that agile approach and practices

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