Category Archives: Retrospectives

Tips On Submitting A Conference Session

In the last 3 or so years, I’ve had every conference submission I’ve entered, rejected. Now that doesn’t mean I haven’t spoken at any conferences – I’ve been invited to a handful and have had a ton of fun at … Continue reading 

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Failure Is Not An Option, It Is A Requirement.

Of course that statement on it’s own can obviously be shown to be fallacy. When you consider the context of continuous improvement, learning or generally advancing our own capabilities and understanding, though, this statement can be quit liberating. Why? Because … Continue reading 

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How To Get Started With Kanban In Software Development

There’s a lot of great talk around the inter-weber-net-o-sphere on why Kanban works in software development, how to do specific details of Kanban, how to effectively talk about it, and other such subjects. If you’re interested in a great set … Continue reading 

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Why “No Issues” Is Not An Acceptable Answer

Many of the software development teams at my company now practice the daily standup from Scrum project management. There’s a lot of great value in these meetings, even if a team is not practicing anything else from Scrum. The Anti-Pattern … Continue reading 

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On The ‘Success’ Of A Project

I recently saw this question asked and answered in an after-project retrospective paper. Was The Project A Technical Success? While I am not trying to address who asked the question or what the answer was, the question on it’s on … Continue reading 

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Kanban in Software Development. Part 2: Completing the Kanban Board with Queues, Order Points and Limits

In Part 1 of Kanban in Software Development, I introduced the concepts of kanban boards and pipelines. I also showed a very simple example of creating a pipeline for our development process. However, there were some obvious limitations in what … Continue reading 

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Adventures In Lean

In the last six months, my team has undergone some very radical changes and has turned into a full blown Agile team. I’m very happy with our success and I consider this team to be the shining example in our … Continue reading 

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