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Agile Leadership

Recently I attended the Cutter Consortium’s annual Summit in Boston as a panelist for Jim Highsmith’s talk on Agile Leadership.  Jim’s talk was great and got the attendees thinking and talking.  On the plane flight there I jotted down my thoughts on this topic, which is an important one because of how management / leadership [...]

Planning and Commitments (Or a Lack Thereof)

One of the more uncomfortable negotiations between a product team and business people typically happens at the start of a project. This is where the business people want to know what the team can deliver so they can communicate to customers and investors and the team is looking for guidance as to what they should [...]

The Off-site Customer

Most of the original agile methods have an explicit or implicit assumption that there is an on-site customer; a customer working in close proximity with the team.  Having the dedicated attention of customers who can write or help write user stories and provide continual feedback is a great idea. I confess however that I’ve never [...]

Specifications: be careful!

One of the things that teams who try agile struggle with is what to do about specifications, from UI designs to feature specs to test plans to software designs. Some agile books leave you with the impression you should avoid written documentation entirely, and it’s true that many teams who practice agile avoid any kind [...]