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What is a Story Point

By |August 15th, 2021|

This article is the third part of a series. The first article is on Agile Planning poker, the second is on User Stories, and this third article is focused on Story Points. Have you ever heard of “Le Grand K”?

What is a User Story

By |July 15th, 2021|

Have you ever had so much work in front of you that you didn’t know where to start? For me this situation became a reality when I went off to college. On day one I received six syllabuses

What is Planning Poker

By |June 15th, 2021|

We all know what poker is. A game of cards where a player uses secrecy and deception in an attempt to turn a game of luck into a game of skill. In this game, players are pitted against

Why Outcome Driven Development is the future

By |August 6th, 2020|

For years I have told myself and others that there are two different types of software engineers. The ones who request and follow step by step instructions and the ones who prefer to be given a desired outcome

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4 Ways Forcing Functions Speed up Teams

By |July 22nd, 2020|

So, what the heck is a forcing function and why should you care? A forcing function is one of the most powerful tools a leader or manager has at his disposal to facilitate compliance. Or better yet, if

  • Agile PMO

What is an Agile PMO?

By |June 20th, 2020|

When polarizing, powerful ideas collide they ignite grand scale conflict. This is the cause of revolutions, the kindling for coups, the fodder for enlightenment. Polarizing ideas in a small group of family or friends can be ignored over

  • Project Management Office

What is a PMO?

By |May 19th, 2020|

PMO stands for a Project Management Office and represents the group that helps get stuff done in large companies. Okay let’s be honest, we all know that getting work done is hindered by bureaucracy, meetings, handoffs, approval processes,

What is Extreme Programing?

By |April 2nd, 2020|

The Agile manifesto was originally created and signed by 17 developers. This group has become legendary in the world of technology, their fame can be likened to that of the founding fathers of American History. These 17 rebels

What is Scrumban?

By |March 26th, 2020|

Since Scrum is a way to organize people in an agile way, and Kanban is a way to monitor work in an agile way, together they create a truly robust framework for getting work done. This merger of

What is the Theory of Constraints?

By |February 26th, 2020|

So here’s a question. Let’s say you are working in an assembly line of some sort, what is your primary goal?  a. To be as efficient as possible when items are passed to you so that you can

  • 9 Indispensable Project Management Skills

9 Indispensable Project Management Skills for 2020

By |January 29th, 2020|

All leaders are Project Managers. From the CEO of a company, down to the manager. The job of a leader is to cast a vision for where a group is going, recruit the right people, and manage initiatives

What is the Scaled Agile Framework?

By |December 19th, 2019|

We live in a world where businesses have been tossed back and forth between fads, frameworks, and trends for years. Reorganization is almost as common as the annual budgeting cycle, and change has become the only constant. Some

How to start anything and win!

By |November 17th, 2019|

So you like winning right? Well I have news for you... so does everyone else. The good news is that winning is not a zero sum game. In other words, others don’t have to lose for you to

Does Agile work at Scale?

By |October 29th, 2019|

The simple answer is ‘yes… but’. The Agile methodology does work at scale and I would argue that it is the best way to keep organizational complexity from crippling throughput, BUT the framework you use to implement Agile principles

What is Scrum?

By |September 22nd, 2019|

Last week we introduced Agile Project Management and explained that Agile is a methodology rather than a framework. That is, Agile is a set of principles that align people around a common language and belief system focused on

What is Kanban?

By |August 15th, 2019|

A marine once told me how the maintenance and repair shop for helicopters worked during his deployment in Iraq. All of the birds in need of maintenance, repair, or inspection sat in a large tent with a giant whiteboard

  • Agile Project Management

What is Agile Project Management?

By |July 8th, 2019|

The Agile Project Management paradigm has drastically shifted the world of business over the past two decades and has given us an entirely new perspective on work. This methodology is focused on the main unit of value creation in

  • History of Project Management

The History of Project Management

By |June 1st, 2019|

Stop for a moment and answer the question, “How does work get done?”. Since the beginning of written history until the end of the 18th century, the answer was that work has been done by skilled craftsmen or

  • Waterfall Project Management

What is Waterfall Project Management?

By |May 24th, 2019|

Imagine you are hiking through a tropical rainforest when off in the distance you hear the sound of crashing water. You follow the sound and before long, stumble into a clearing with a crystal clear pond fed by

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