Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:09:13 GMT Disciplined Agile Applied https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blogs/578692/Disciplined-Agile-Applied This blog explores pragmatic agile and lean strategies for enterprise-class contexts. #NoFrameworks at Agile Middle East 2020 https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/60001/-NoFrameworks-at-Agile-Middle-East-2020 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 10:21:48 GMT I'm proud to say that I will be giving the opening keynote speech at Agile Middle East (ME) 2020 on March 11th in Dubai. My title of my keynote is #NoFrameworks: How We Can Take Agile Back! which is a reprise of my keynote from the XP 2019 conference last May in Montreal.  A fu... The Art of Guesstimation: Why Shouldn't We Estimate? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59488/The-Art-of-Guesstimation--Why-Shouldn-t-We-Estimate- Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:00:04 GMT In The Art of Guesstimation: Why Should We Estimate? we explored the reasons for why it can make sense to estimate the cost or time that an endeavor will require.  But this isn’t the whole story.  An important principle of business analysis, and in project managem... The Art of Guesstimation: Why Should We Estimate? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/59447/The-Art-of-Guesstimation--Why-Should-We-Estimate- Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:45:48 GMT In the previous blog in this series, The Art of Guesstimation: Estimation on Software Projects, we explored the differences between guesstimates and estimates, and in this blog I will use the term estimate to refer to both.  Because estimation isn’t limited to projects I will us... The Art of Guesstimation: Estimation on Software Projects https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/58536/The-Art-of-Guesstimation--Estimation-on-Software-Projects Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:50:39 GMT This is the first of several blog postings that I'm going to write on the Art of Guesstimation.  I guesstimate that I'll be writing 7 +/- 2 postings on this subject, depending on how our conversation progresses and how I decide to divide the overall topic into blog postings (I... Planning: The Efficiency Zone https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57811/Planning--The-Efficiency-Zone Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:39:46 GMT Yogi Berra was fond of saying “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”  What Yogi was getting at was that it’s a good idea to do a bit of thinking, a bit of planning, before you get started.  In the previous blog, P... Planning: When Have We Done Enough? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57439/Planning--When-Have-We-Done-Enough- Mon, 04 Nov 2019 14:42:44 GMT In the previous blog we examined what the value of planning is, so that we can then determine how much planning we need to do.  The answer to this question was “it depends,” and the implication was that we need to do just enough planning for the situation that we face and no mo... Planning: How Valuable is it? https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57180/Planning--How-Valuable-is-it- Fri, 25 Oct 2019 03:59:58 GMT Winston Churchill once said “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” What Churchill meant was that the value is in thinking something through, in planning it, before you do it. So this leads to some interesting questions: How much planning should we do? &nbs... Measuring What Counts When Context Counts https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57154/Measuring-What-Counts-When-Context-Counts Wed, 23 Oct 2019 03:59:56 GMT In my blog Disciplined Agile Principle: Optimize Flow I wrote the following: Measure what counts. When it comes to measurement, context counts. What are you hoping to improve? Quality? Time to market? Staff morale? Customer satisfaction? Combinations thereof? Every person, team, and organization ... Disciplined Agile Principle: Context Counts https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/57041/Disciplined-Agile-Principle--Context-Counts Fri, 18 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT One of the seven principles behind Disciplined Agile (DA) is Context Counts. Every person is unique, with their own set of skills, preferences for workstyle, career goals, and learning styles. Every team is unique not only because it is composed of unique people but also because it faces a unique si... Disciplined Agile Principle: Optimize Flow https://www.ProjectManagement.com/blog-post/56931/Disciplined-Agile-Principle--Optimize-Flow Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:00:01 GMT One of the seven principles behind Disciplined Agile (DA) is Optimize Flow.  Your organization is a complex adaptive system (CAS) of interacting teams and groups that individually evolve continuously and affect each other as they do. The challenge that we face is how do we ensure that these col...