Clockwise : suggestions for managing your time

Plan ahead (with contingency) Whatever works for you – personal JIRA, Trello, stacked sticky notes, dead tree notebook Stay focussed Specify windows to check your email (e.g. first thing in AM and after lunch) and ignore emails until that window Rather than letting new tasks distract you, write them down, then continue on your current … More Clockwise : suggestions for managing your time

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 

Bad change : re-opened tickets and the neverending change

One reason I don’t trust change is when that change has no defined end goal. When a change is requested, and the ticket completed, but it then enters a cycle of scope-creep that means the ticket can never be closed. They often start with something simple e.g. “can you improve the performance of this search”, … More Bad change : re-opened tickets and the neverending change