Mob Mentality episode: “Advanced Napkin Math, OM Science, Scrum, and Mobbing” — Supplementary screenshots and links

I had the pleasure of recording an episode of the Mob Mentality podcast with the energizing and fun Austin Chadwick and Chris Lucian. They do so much for the Agile community on the micro and macro level. We discussed some simulation tools, and the value of doing “Advanced Napkin Math” in cases where we don’t …

Nick Saban, Scrum Master: On Winners and Winning

My friend JC Smiley from Code Connector may be the most voraciously curious person I know. Every day he wakes up early and posts at least one question in the Code Connector Slack channel. Something to get people thinking, to seek out experienced opinions, and share common ideas among new learners. His two questions today: …

What difference could it possibly make?

18 Reasons to Change Sprints Mid-Week (and hold the Scrum Events as intended). The ironic thing about assumptions is we’re generally unaware of them. Like fish saying, “What’s water?”, we are surrounded by things we assume must be true. Which means we’ve never even considered doing them any other way. Weeks start on Monday, months …

The Real Costs of Sub-Optimal Product Backlog Ordering

A quick post while I’m thinking about real costs (see the previous post, real costs of context-switching). The role of the Product Owner is to “maximize the value of the team”. Paradoxically, she does not do that by altering the team itself. The flip side of the coin is that the team of creators do …

Cost of Exit is a Cost of Entry.

FBI SWAT teams are one of the most highly trained infiltration / exfiltration units in the world. Highly skilled, highly trained. Practice frequently. They are armed with the best gear in the world, bristling with guns, ammo, handcuffs, flash-bang grenades. In their center pocket, easiest and fastest to reach, is their most important tool. A …

“Feature” is Ambiguous.

Great joke of course. We’ve used the word feature to the point that it’s lost specific meaning. A feature could mean, “this field will retain your data for the next time you log in”. A feature could also mean “big green button”.  A feature could also be almost any object or landmark. That big rock …

How Not to Get Lost

My friend and UX designer (and legendary keyboard warrior) Evan Travers writes about orienteering, something you may have done as a scout. Abstractly, two techniques to navigate in the territory of the modern software domain – Moderate Complexity and Moderate Uncertainty. While finding an exact destination requires many steps and many skills, here are two …