Working exactly to spec

Well done roadworkers in Spalding, told to “repaint the bits you dig up” they did EXACTLY that (via @Voice_Nigel) — Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) April 8, 2016 Is there a problem? The work was completed to spec. Any additional work was likely to break the time and cost estimates. The work meets the current standards. … More Working exactly to spec

Sugar coated icebergs

Prototypes are great. They let the user see and feel what the final product will look like, either in printed or in online form. They suck when the customer wants it next week because “it’s just a bit of wiring up to get it working” And they can be dangerous. Ship that button without properly … More Sugar coated icebergs

Reducing waste by making your goals visible

Metrics are good, but they’re not enough. If you want metrics to drive change, they need to be visible. Not just to managers, but to the team. The right metrics, visible to the team, drive improvement. Visible only to management, drive control. Visible to no-one, drive nothing. Good metrics need to be communicated clearly and … More Reducing waste by making your goals visible

Sense and Respond by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden

Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously by Jeff Gothelf My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having read Lean UX, I was expecting a good book on how organisations could deliver projects. This book is about much more than that. The authors are coming from a point of … More Sense and Respond by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden

Always be finished

I’ve been living on a building site for a while, at home and at work. The work at the office above ours was ambitious, chaotic, noisy, messy and overran. It was a challenging project, turning a “derilict” into a funky new office. Home was a simpler proposition, a greenfield site, with a well tuned team … More Always be finished

“Why Agile Works” review

Coming from an Enterprise background in a previous life, of the cascading-waterfall, multiple-signoff, change-control, duelling-project-manager variety, this was a fascinating book.  This is a book about Agile For Enterprises. Not for the teams like mine that carved an agile garden in a world of fixed-price contracts. This is for the managers who want to know where … More “Why Agile Works” review