Common sense is not so common

I talked recently with one of my coworkers about software management. She pointed out that we should use common sense instead of management technologies or frameworks such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, Iterative or Waterfall. She said: “we should do things normally, just based on common sense” Well, I disagree. Because: Common sense is not so

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If you were hit by a bus tomorrow would your project be dead in the water?

If you were hit by a bus tomorrow… If you were hit by a bus tomorrow (knock on wood) would your project get stuck? I still remember when one I worked on did. Well, I wasn’t exactly hit by the bus, but from the project standpoint, it was close enough. We worked on an important

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Estimates & different points of view. Business vs developers

I made an estimate… I took part in many projects, but there is one I particularly remember… As soon as I joined the team technical lead gave me a white paper with requirements and asked for estimates of a new functionality. Totally new. I was asked to estimate a chunk of the system (I had

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Developer under time pressure ? work faster : work better

Mind reading and predicting future techniques aren’t fully developed yet. So lot’s of software development projects is late. It get’s better when the agile processes are successfully adapted but it’s not always the case. There’s always more work to be done in the project than we initially predicted. Business needs change, we misunderstand the expectations, estimation

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Inking and thinking in software development

It’s not the ink—it’s the think “It’s not the ink—it’s the think,” wrote Robert Mankoff (New Yorker cartoon editor), answering to the question how to get ideas for cartoons by people who want to submit them to The New Yorker. “There really is no trick—you just have to think of them” he said. It’s the same in creating

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