Everyone has a voice 

​One of the challenges that Technical Leads face that isn’t always easy to resolve is making sure the whole team is involved in decisions.  There is a large overlap between people who can think in code and people who are shy around other people. For some, the enthusiasm of the former can overcome the latter, … More Everyone has a voice 

Usable APIs follow-up

Following the Usable APIs guided conversation at CodeCraftConf, I wanted to capture some of the thoughts that came out. Starting an API (as a user or a developer) Does the API documentation include examples of usage (i.e. have they thought about the client) How mature is the API? How well maintained is it? How long … More Usable APIs follow-up

Story points over times in estimates, and the power of abstraction over teams

On a previous project, I had a long-running discussion with several stakeholders about using story points over time estimates, because how could I know that we were going to deliver without a deadline? I started using time estimates on a previous project because one release failed to deliver, and so I decided we needed a … More Story points over times in estimates, and the power of abstraction over teams

Divergence: bid estimates vs planning estimates 

​Fixed price bids need to control scope, and make assumptions to meet that bid. Fixed price bids never survive contact with reality. The first thing I do with those assumptions when delivering a project is pull those assumptions onto the plan, because every one is an unanswered question that needs to be validated, and each … More Divergence: bid estimates vs planning estimates