Early Bird Ends Soon for Influential Agile Leader

If you are a leader for your agile efforts in your organization, you need to consider participating in The Influential Agile Leader. If you are working on how to transition to agile, how to talk about agile, how to help your peers, managers, or teams, you want to...

Posted: Creating an Environment of Leadership

My most recent Pragmatic Manager , Creating an Environment of Leadership is up. If you like these tips and the ones in Discovering Your Leadership, check out the Influential Agile Leader. Gil Broza and I are offering the Influential Agile Leader twice this year: once...

What Model Do Your Estimates Follow?

For years, we bought the cone of uncertainty for estimation—that is, our estimates were just as likely to be over as under. Laurent Bossavit, in The Leprechauns of Software Engineering, shows us how that assumption is wrong. (It was an assumption that some...

You Need Feature Teams to Produce Features

Many organizations create teams by their architectural part: front end, back end, middleware. That may have worked back in the waterfall days. It doesn’t work well when you want to implement by feature. (For better images, see Managing the Stream of Features in...

We Need Planning; Do We Need Estimation?

As I write the program management book, I am struck by how difficult it is to estimate large chunks of work. In Predicting the Unpredictable and Manage It!, I recommend several approaches to estimation, each of which include showing that there is no one absolute date...