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Targetted overcommunication

Every team building guide and business book stresses the need for good communication. It's important to inform your colleagues and stakeholders of what you're doing and how you're getting along. For...

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Your Kanban board is a waterfall

The Kanban board has become the staple of progress tracking in software development. There's a "To Do" column, various stages of "In progress" and finally a "Done" list. We think of...

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Never-ending User Story

How many stories are in your team's backlog? How many items are on the To-Do list? Count them. If you're like most other teams, the answer is: way too many. What's up...

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The machine has strong opinions

I've worked in plenty of large enterprisy organisations and one of the most painful recurring themes is employee detachment. We don't talk about it that often, but in an industry that's...

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Forget OKR’s, look at your NYR’s

People want to grow. Teams want to improve. Companies want to do better. We'll define metrics and aim to grow those. We'll write down ambitious goals that should act as...

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Lean: a quick success story

Sometimes it can feel that discussions about Agile and Lean are purely academic. Most of those articles are the business equivalent of those motivational TED Talks. But sometimes, you watch...

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Train your weaknesses

Some teams are all about quality. They deliver software without bugs. Since that's their main strength, they'll work hard to improve that. How can we catch defects earlier? How can...

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Scope is a lie

Software engineers learn early on that building stuff means taking little steps at a time. Once you get into the profession, that means tickets. Whether you're doing Scrum or Kanban,...

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The curse of middle management

In a not so distant past, I was a project manager. I scoped projects, cleared the way for my team and solved problems when they arose. And boy, did they arise. I used...

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