A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Big Companies Doing Agile Meetup
How do big companies learn to be more Agile? They could go to conferences and try to meet other like minded and sized companies in similar, yet non-competing products. They could hire consultants to come in and share what they have learned at other companies OR they could just meetup on a regular basis and tackle the BIG issues and share ways to improve their company almost free of charge.
Yes, BIG companies are learning how to share their experiences with each other to make each other better. You ask, who are these companies?
6 Steps to Training Walkies
Fact: Listening to an instructor and staring at a PowerPoint slide for an hour does not result in participants remembering.
A couple of years ago I attended a Rally Quarterly planning session and Jean Tabaka told the group to pair up during the break and inform each other what they heard or thought. Last year we had Menlo Innovations in our office and they said they do “walkies” every day at 3pm to give everyone a quick break.
So I combined the activities into what I call “Training Walkies.”
4 Reasons Why I Decided to Start a Consulting Company
Have you ever bumped into someone that you haven’t seen in a while and they ask, “how have things been,” or “what’s new with you?” Lately I’ve been on the top of the moon! I’ve been extremely excited with the progress Deere has made towards building better products and I’ve been extremely happy with what I’ve been working on. BUT, I think I can do more and I want to try. So Deere have given given me the opportunity to consult/coach externally a few days a year. Maybe I’ll like it, maybe I won’t.
But why would I want to consult? I’ve been asked that lately by many co-workers and by many friends in the community, so I thought I would answer the question.
Do Original Plans Change?
Can more than 50% of what you originally have planned change over the course of eight weeks? What about two weeks—will more than 50% change in two weeks from your original plan? If what you plan is always changing, are you working on the most important thing or what is urgent but not important? Those are just a few of the questions I asked myself before writing this.
Every eight weeks we have a planning session across the entire organization and teams commit to completing a set amount of work. We traditionally call these set amounts of work features or objectives. Each feature then has stories that have points. Those stories are also laid out into sprints. Everything appears to be planned, until the day after the planning session.
Last week I was reviewing some metrics with a team of eight that committed to eight weeks’ worth of work over four two-week sprints. Below is the chart I reviewed.
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