Monthly Archives: February 2009

Should you ask BAs how many projects they DIDN”T work on?

I was speaking to someone about what makes a good BA. They mentioned the ability to get support for and champion a project. But then I told them my story of the black widow, which I often relate in training … Continue reading

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I may not be famous but at least I know famous people

I have been cruising around minding my own business, but I have noticed that a couple of my friends have been rushing off to become famous. Shane Hastie recently gave a talk in New Zealand on the critical subject of … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s contribution to Agile development

Peter Fowler (famed¬†historian and Agile archivist) sent me this link. It explains why the privy council in England have their meetings standing up – apparently Queen Victoria instituted the stand up approach back in 1861 to shorten her meetings.¬† So … Continue reading

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Using Agile for evil – part 1

I have been running a few Agile courses lately and a common issue seems to be coming up. In our training we generally assume that students want to use agile principles for good Better quality outcomes,¬† Listening to the customer … Continue reading

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IF you are worried about the financial crisis

I was running an Agile Project Management course yesterday and we were discussing what issues people were having on their projects. Budget cuts, business restructures and changing priorities all came up but none were anywhere near the most critical issue. … Continue reading

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Outsmarted by a simple modem … or was I

Our connection to the internet was playing up so my wife went and asked Vodafone what to do. They gave us a grubby old cable to test … which turned out to be a dud cable. So the declared the … Continue reading

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