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

The Fog

Dream in years.Plan in months.Evaluate in weeks.Ship daily.— @dpatil — Michelle Lee (@mishmosh) January 12, 2017 Agile is about the here and the now. The moment, turning on a sixpence as the weather, and the market changes. Adapting to your environment and delivering, delivering, delivering at a consistent high quality. But what if you’re delivering … More The Fog

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

Just-in-time planning

I’m thinking about the planning and estimation process deeply, because it’s taken up a lot of my time on fixed-price projects. I think my biggest problem at the moment is trying to square the circle of the 4 purposes for the planning and estimation we are currently doing, in order of detail : scoping, horizon … More Just-in-time planning