Category Archives: Software Development Management

Learning your scales

Recently, we looked at how a jazz combo is a great metaphor for the interactions and exchanges that make up a great small team.  The question then comes to mind, “surely, isn’t there more to it than that?”  The answer … Continue reading

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Making Beautiful Music – A new way at considering small teams

<Adapted from my article in CM Crossroads titled “Making Beautiful Music Together”> Have you ever watched a jazz combo? The performance starts with the leader counting off the rhythm, then stepping away. Then the drummer begins to lay down a … Continue reading

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Everything I learned about Scrum Teams I learned from M*A*S*H

I like to participate in discussion groups.  I enjoy the discussions themselves, and I also like “meeting” the folks who are participating.  There are a lot of questions that get repeated in those groups, but I personally feel that the … Continue reading

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Get over it already

Is it fair to call Quasimodo ugly? Earlier this year, on the LinkedIn Agile discussion group, someone posted the question “Is it fair or accurate to malign the waterfall process as is rote when people push Agile and Scrum?”  The original question … Continue reading

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Can an Agile Team have Managers?

I have a confession to make.  I’m a manager.  I’ve been a manager for many years.  I’ve led agile development teams most of that time.  I’ve been told I’m a pretty good manager.  And when I look in the mirror, … Continue reading

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When is it Good Enough

I’m a woodworker.  I love to work with wood, and I truly enjoy the sense of satisfaction that comes from the work I do.  I think this is why the software Craftsmanship movement rings true for me.  I find many … Continue reading

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Managing Technical Debt

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Debt seems to be on every-one’s mind these days.  You can’t open a newspaper anywhere in the world without seeing some article about some country’s national debt.  As we all know, countries aren’t the only entities that have debt.  Most … Continue reading

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