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 »

Health checks

There are lots of ‘health check models’ out there. Most of them attempt to summarise and visualise how teams are doing, and seek areas of improvements. They are sometimes run by managers, sometimes by coaches, sometimes by teams in workshops. Over the years, I have discarded approaches that ‘score’ teams (either by numbers, letters, or… Read More »

Alignment a.k.a Collaboration

The principles behind the agile manifesto are clear in their message on collaboration: “Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.” Yet, there are still companies out there where the visions of the development teams and business teams do not align. They either have different targets or they simply haven’t taken the time to understand each… Read More »