Does your vision statement put people to sleep?

Cursing Your Vision Statement

I was coaching someone a while back and asked them to tell me what their vision statement: what motivated him? When I heard the answer, I was not moved. What I heard was boring. I knew this person had passion for what he did. What happened to it?

If I ask you to tell me why you do what you

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Agile pondering: Is it agile to have a “single wringable neck?”

nooseIn Scrum one of the named roles is that of Product Owner.  Some people have taken to referring to this position as the “single wringable neck” on a Scrum team.  This is because the Product Owner is ultimately responsible for the prioritized product backlog which the

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Agile antipattern: Waiting for all the requirements before starting

Time for a short blog entry (I tend to be way too verbose!). I often see teams trying to make sure they have all of the requirements for their projects before they start doing any substantive work on the project. Unfortunately, this often leads to long delays at the front of the process which in

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New to agile? 3 ways to cut scope (and live)

The primary way I see teams release products faster is by reducing the scope of each product.  However, this can’t be done in an arbitrary fashion.  There are real business reasons for each feature request (hopefully anyway!).  Having seen teams reduce scope successfully I’ve seen three primary ways it can be done.  In order to

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Agile Antipattern: Everything is priority 1

I was just working on some Powerpoint slides for our Agile Product Management Boot Camp coming up on March 9 and 10 and I realized I should post a blog entry about the point the slides are making.  Actually, I’m trying to make two points with the slides.  The first point is we tend to

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When in Doubt Ask “How Will I Know I’ve Done That?”

Tired of not knowing exactly what to create or test? Get in the habit of asking the magic question “How will I know I’ve done that?” In other words, ask the Product Owner (or whatever person you have filling that role on your team) to express some acceptance criteria!  Asking this question will make miserable days seem

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What do you want next?

The software industry today is plagued by long release cycles for important products. That is one of the many reasons why companies are going to agile methodologies. In doing so companies hope to deliver software on a more regular basis. They feel this will make for happier customers. Of course I’m not going to say

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