Category Archives: software

Mural

I know it’s not all about tools (or processes), but I’m quite liking Mural right now. There’s something about the flexibility and space to allow your mind to roam. Google’s offerings (i.e. docs, sheets, slides) are all very good when you’re trying to co-create some text or create a multi-entry spreadsheet or work on a… Read More »

Independent feedback

I’m always on the lookout for ways of getting better engagement, from planning sessions to retrospectives, project kick-offs to project wrap-ups, workshops to meetups. How can you get independent thoughts that aren’t influenced by that loud/experienced/dominating participant? One tool that I experienced recently (which was being used to get feedback at the end of a… Read More »

Pull or Push #7: The football stadium

Last Monday, we described a pull system in a factory and how it differed from a push system often used by software teams. We are following that post with a 10-day series looking at push and pull systems in everyday life, asking what you think and offering our thoughts. Scenario number 7 is the football stadium Our thoughts This… Read More »

Guesstimate

In my summary of Monte Carlo Simulators (May 2015), I said that they were good because they grant the use of ranges and allow you to see how changing the inputs affects the project; but the biggest problem was that they can take quite a bit of time to set up. Well, Guesstimate has changed this: you can now… Read More »

Lightbot

Within minutes my 7 year old daughter understood two important concepts: Testing frequently is better than waiting until the end; That it is okay to fail. This wasn’t because I’d started reading Lean Startup as a bedtime story; it was the result of a few minutes playing on Lightbot Junior. The app has a recommended user… Read More »

We’ve been doing it all wrong!

I can hear myself saying it now: “If you count up the number of work items in each column, and keep a record of each item’s start and end date, then you can create a CFD [Cumulative Flow Diagram], control chart and histogram”. Apparently I was wrong. Apparently nearly all of us are doing it… Read More »

Thinking in systems

I’ve recently been involved in delivering a number of new services designed to replace a long serving monolithic web application. Sound familiar? The move to a service oriented architecture can be described, for many reasons, as a good thing. However, care needs to be taken to ensure that the dependencies between these services are understood,… Read More »