Make Stories Small When You Have "Wicked" Problems

If you read my Three Alternatives to Making Smaller Stories, you noticed one thing. In each of these examples, the problem was in the teams’ ability to show progress and create interim steps. But, what about when you have a “wicked” problem, when you...

Traffic Lights and Project Status

For years, I have ranted against traffic lights as a way to discuss project status. That’s because on serial lifecycle projects, or on long projects, the traffic light was always yellow or red. And, because managers, especially senior managers expected the light...

Agile Program Management: Possible or a Pipe Dream?

Have you ever waited weeks for one piece of functionality so you could release a large project? Have you been in the situation where the software is waiting for the hardware? Or where the database admin held up the entire release because his work wasn’t coordinated...

Sunny Skies or Storms

Summary: Long-time advocate of status reports, Johanna Rothman has come across a new way of reporting the movement of a project using something we experience everyday–the weather. In this week’s column, she sheds a little sunshine on this new technique,...

Are You Done Yet?

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