Advice for newbies

Question 1: If someone with no agile knowledge asked you where to start in learning about agile (in order to get a job in our industry), what one recommendation would you give them? Question 2: If someone with a basic knowledge and some experience of agile asked you how to improve their knowledge and/or experience,… Read More »

Don’t forget to add in the conversation

Story, Epic or even Saga, what is the difference? David Lowe’s post from last year gives a good description of each. However, in my opinion, there is not much difference. A story, epic or saga all narrate the type of user, the need of the user, and the value returned by fulfilling that need. The… Read More »

Why I won’t help Bob

What trait do you despise the most? A poll on ranker.com puts the worst characteristics as selfishness, arrogance, meanness, self-centredness and dishonesty. My vote goes to laziness (which was 33rd in the ranker list). Over the last few years I’ve met lots of people who have made an effort to improve themselves: attending workshops at a… Read More »

Project v Product

After reading James’ last post, Responding to Change – A Decorator’s Story, I began thinking a bit more in general about how people consider software development. In a lot of places where I have worked, software has always been delivered in projects. These projects, even ones that have been called ‘Agile projects’, have usually solely… Read More »

Be like bamboo

“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo … survives by bending with the wind.” ~ Bruce Lee Pedro stood at the front of the room and told a story about how, when struggling with a difficult class, he’d received advice to “be like bamboo” from a fellow teacher. He went… Read More »