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A collection of article links I've found interesting and helpful in building a full understanding of project management. Each snapshot will include its attribution source of and worthy of a click through. In many ways, this is my personal "cloud" list of searchable bookmarks ... with the added benefit being able to share them with an audience of professionals that have similar interests.


Tuesday
Sep092014

Planning Poker And The Influencer

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When helping people learn Planning Poker I always ask what will happen if one person plays/says their estimate before anyone else.

Source - Agile Pain Relief - Blind Estimation for Planning Poker

Sunday
Apr272014

Refactoring is Waste ... Or ...

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Given that the piece of code in question is already working, then doing more work on it could be construed as waste (i.e. not adding any value). But hang on. There’s more to it than this. Firstly, “working” is a relative term.

Source - Think Different - Code Refactoring

Monday
Feb172014

Version One List Of Best 2013 Agile Management Posts

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You can find separate hyper-links at the main article. Enjoy! Dwayne

  1. Re-Imagining the Agile Manifesto by Brian Watson.
  2. 12 Awesome Interactive Facilitation Techniques for Agile Teams by Matt Badgley.
  3. The Agile Coach on ‘Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools’ by Mike McLaughlin
  4. Words Mean Things: Waterfall Project Management by Matt Badgley.
  5. Agile “Engineering” Practices: A Cheat Sheet by Steve Ropa
  6. Making Release Retrospectives Strategic and Effective by Satish Thatte
  7. 5 Simple Guidelines to Agile Metrics Bliss by Matt Badgley.
  8. Reject the Tyranny of Metrics by Steve Ropa.
  9. Where Art Thou, Product Owner? by Brian Watson
  10. Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: 5-Part Series, by Satish Thatte.


Source - VersionOne - Best Agile Management Blog Posts of 2013

Thursday
Jan022014

Twelve Awesome Interactive Facilitation Techniques

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If you work with a team, and possibly, you are the Scrum Master or Lead or Product Owner, or just a Team Member trying to guide a conversation — then these interactive facilitation techniques are for you. The following list of games are those that I’ve personally used with teams that I see work really well and are easy to adapt.

Source - VersionOne - Twelve Awesome Interactive Facilitation Techniques for Agile Teams

Monday
Dec302013

One Person Anti Agile Feedback

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Although I don't agree with her conclusions, the points she makes are certainly worth noting! Dwayne 

At this point, I’m ready to call it. Agile doesn’t work. Not like they say it will.

1. Teams are never co-located.
2. Sprints are never locked down.
3. Estimations are a waste of time and send the wrong signal.
4. “Velocity” is a unicorn.
5. User story format is awkward and heavy-handed.
6. Physical sprint boards just don’t cut it.

Source - impermium.com - Breaking Free From the Cult: 6 Reasons Why Agile Doesn’t Work