Posts Tagged "planning"

The problem with estimates part 2 – all cost, no value

Sep 22 2014

In a previous post I talked about the issues associated with the kind of single-point estimates devoid of uncertainty information used by…

The problem with estimates part 1 – uncertainty

Sep 18 2014

Most software people who have ever had to produce an estimate will tell you that estimation is extremely problematic: Estimates are woefully…

Replacing Legacy Systems? Mind the gap!

Sep 17 2014

Anyone who has travelled in London during the summer will have cursed the creaking transport system we call the Tube. Why is…

Too busy chopping wood to sharpen the axe

Dec 01 2011

The prevailing management (and financial) mindset in companies today is focused on efficiency, productivity, and costs. The primary concern is to maximize…

We’re better off finding out than farting around up front

Feb 01 2011

Fixing scope up front says win-lose to me. It’s not the basis for a happy relationship. Everyone is best of friends while…

Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA)-powered learning

Aug 01 2010

Deming‘s Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle is a scientific method for problem resolution. But it isn’t just about resolving problems in a timely fashion. Used…

If you’re estimating, know why you’re estimating

Aug 01 2010

Estimates are lies and estimating is waste. That doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t sometimes be useful. It’s still waste but used at…

Get beyond Now and into the Potential

Jul 01 2009

Nido Qubein said something like: The trouble with many plans is that they are based on the way things are now. To…

Pomodoro galore

May 01 2009

Almost everything for us is now a pomodoro. Some time ago we replaced the per-iteration planning game with on-demand planning pomodoros and…

Right, fast and cheap. Choose any 2

Oct 01 2008

I had to laugh today when a colleague, shaking his head in exasperation following a business priority corridor conversation, distilled the basic…

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