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

Bad change : The rock star developer and dealing with unexpected change

Have you ever worked with a developer who knows everything? The one who does a bit of tinkering in the evenings and weekends, and when the rest of the team come in, they can’t find anything in the code? Yes, it’s a bit neater, but it’s a lot more broken, because it’s less readable, because … More Bad change : The rock star developer and dealing with unexpected change

Take your laptop home

The modern workplace demands flexibility. Sometimes to accommodate work, because international companies need to work to international timezones. Sometimes to accommodate life. Don’t discount good staff because they have childcare duties, or other demands on their non-work time. 9 to 5 isn’t the only way, so long as people do the work and are involved … More Take your laptop home

Project Manglement: a few leadership anti-patterns

Note: these are a selection of things I’ve seen and heard from a number of people in a number of companies, and some mistakes I’ve made. Any similarity to your situation is entirely coincidence. (If you like this, I’d definitely recommend PeopleWare by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister, as that’s got a lot of good … More Project Manglement: a few leadership anti-patterns