Free Agile Product Management Seminar – Nov 11, Denver

I’m hosting a free seminar on Tuesday, November 11 from 1:00-2:30 PM in the Denver Tech Center area. Please join me there and spread the word to others who might be interested.

Here’s a brief

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How to Invest Less and Make More From Your Software Projects

As the saying goes, “Cash is king.” It doesn’t matter how good your P&L or balance sheet looks or how good the business case for your project is, if you don’t have enough cash every month to pay the bills, you won’t stay in business.

With the economy tightening, then, companies are desperately trying

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The Most Useful Release Burn-up I’ve Seen Yet

I often advise teams against using a release burn-up (or burn-down) chart because I’ve seen too many managers try to use them as a stick to beat the team with their original pre-project release estimate. Since velocity changes from iteration to iteration, the size of the release needs to change, as well. Jim Shore has

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Esther Derby has a good post this morning about how trust is embedded in a context. She writes, “The sort of trust that you need for a productive working relationship is different from the trust you need for a healthy marriage.” She gives some good examples of what trust means on a work

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Kill the Office, or Fix It?

A recent essay in Wired says, “The traditional office, meanwhile, remains a black hole of interruptions, procrastination, and soul-crushing politics. According to Gloria Mark, an informatics professor at UC Irvine, the typical office worker is interrupted or switches tasks every three minutes—hardly enough time to accomplish anything of substance.” (via Kathy Sierra) The

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Surviving Rewrites

It seems like fully half the projects I come across are rewrites in one form or another. It ought to be common knowledge by now that rewrite projects have a very bad track record, but perhaps the bad results are connected to the inordinate attractiveness of “doing it right this time.” The chance to replace

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The Power of Small Experiments

Change can be scary. Change at work is particularly threatening. After all, most of us spend more time working that doing any other single thing. Even a potentially good change, one that promises a better future, is risky. The better future might not pan out. It might be worse than the status quo. It’s that

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How Multitasking Guarantees Low Customer Satisfaction

Two Hours of Waiting, an Hour and a Half of Waste, and a Burrito

One day last week, I took what was supposed to be a quick lunchtime ride to my local bike shop to have a faulty bike computer fixed. Unfortunately, it turned into a two hour illustration in how multitasking harms lead time,

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