3 Questions to Ask Before Estimating an Agile Program

Many organizations want to see an estimate for your program (a collection of projects with one business deliverable) before they fund it. So, the teams might spend significant time estimating everything the product owners and managers hope will be in the product from today’s perspective. Or, you might try a “sprint zero” to understand the …

Agile Program Measurements to Visualize and Track Progress

Program sponsors and the teams themselves want to know where they are in the program. What’s started? What’s not? How much more remains? It’s tempting to measure “everything.” That creates another problem: You might spend too much time attempting to gather data that doesn’t provide enough information. You might even miss seeing the real progress …

Who’s the Boss? Let Agile Teams Manage Themselves

I know of a geographically dispersed team across three continents and many time zones collaborating on a product. They work in one-week iterations and have weekly virtual meetings to collaborate in real time. They never have standups because the logistics are impossible. They have handoffs instead. They retrospect at a month-long cadence. (I might like …

Are You Problem Solving When You Should Try Problem Managing?

In our projects, we solve problems all the time. We might solve customer problems—how to make this feature work the right way. We might solve project problems—how to get to continuous integration or how to build enough and the right kind of test automation to make it easier to release. We even solve so-called people …