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Drunken Boxing for Project Managers “The main feature of the drunkard boxing is to hide combative hits in drunkard-like, unsteady movements and actions so as to confuse the opponent. The secret of this style of boxing is maintaining a clear mind while giving a drunken appearance.” Yeah... just like that… but with network diagrams and burndown charts… and a wee bit less vodka.
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Podcast Interview with Personal Kanban author Jim Benson

 

A few weeks ago I had the chance to interview Jim Benson (@ourfounder), one of the authors of Personal Kanban.

 

You can check out the interview on Projects at Work.

 

Jim Benson Interview Part 1

Jim Benson Interview Part 2

Posted on: March 26, 2013 12:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Podcast Interview with Mitch Lacey, author of The Scrum Field Guide

 

My Projects at Work podcast interview with Mitch Lacey, author of The Scrum Field Guide.

 

Also, check out my review of the book here.

Posted on: May 24, 2012 12:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Distributed Agile Teams White Paper Review

 

ProjectsatWork has published a study called Distributed Agile Teams: Achieving the Benefits. The report was put together by Elizabeth Harrin  (@PM4Girls), who is the author of the website A Girls Guide to Project Management. The results of the research cover a lot of ground with respect to what makes distributed Agile projects work and what can contribute to their failure.  The report is very insightful and definitely worth the time it takes to read. While some of the findings may seem like common sense, knowledge workers in the IT space (myself definitely included) seem to possess a remarkable capacity for periodic loss of grip to that tether.

 

My favorite part comes at the very end during the summary of recommendations. Number One on the list is:

Don’t act like your project is co-located – pay the tax for distribution.

 

This is one of the most simple things that so many of us forget when we are working at a distance. I believe this applies whether you are working down the hall from someone, or across the globe… there is a price that has to be paid when you are not sitting in the same room. With the transparency that Agile offers, this tax becomes far more obvious. There is no doubt that distributed teams provide a number of benefits, but those benefits come at a cost. The reason (IMHO) so many people struggle so much with distributed is that they keep thinking that the ride is free ... which it theoretically could be… unless you actually want it to work.

Posted on: April 24, 2012 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
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