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Elena Yatzeck
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Pragmatic Business Analysis: Let's Start Calling Ourselves Product Managers. Seriously.
If you are a current or recovering Business Analyst, you may remember Scott Ambler's assertion in his essay " Rethinking the Role of Business Analyst :" A business analyst (BA) is a poor substitute for developers who have both ready access to actual stakeho...
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In Search of Shine Theory, or You Can't Take the Sky From Me
What can we all do, in the IT industry, to ensure that women enter the field and rise to the highest level within it?  So far, most advice has been directed to women themselves, in the form of "here is what you do." Sheryl Sandberg recommends " leaning in ,...
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Kryptonite Handbook, or Why You Can and Must Measure Software Development Productivity
The title Martin Fowler's classic 2003 "bliki" post, " CannotMeasureProductivity ," almost says it all.  Why "almost?"  Because, by the end of the entry and to complete the thought, Fowler concludes that we also should not even attempt it: I can see why mea...
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PowerPoint for Those Who Must Use It
There's a lot out there about how to use MS-PowerPoint, starting with Edward Tufte's advice to NEVER NEVER use it .  An example from Edward Tufte of what you should do graphically, instead of using PowerPoint.  http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/minard But I ...
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Return of the Matrix: The Organization Around the Self Organization
Do you have a group of, say, 100 people, whom you want to organize optimally for a software delivery program?  Martin Fowler is famously on record saying that " scaling agile is the last thing you should do. " A better approach is to try to scale down your ...
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Patterns for Agile Transformation Success: How To Structure Your Agile Enterprise Without Doing a Gut Rehab
Mike Cottmeyer has re-emerged in the blogosphere, after a bit of a lull, with an electrifying series of posts about enterprise agile, one of which is entitled How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise .  I love the whole series, and especially this post, ancho...
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Battle Plans for the Self Disorganized
As agilists, we all hear a lot about self-organizing teams.  I'm pretty sure I have already aired several, probably conflicting, opinions about self-organizing teams, like " someone else should assign people to the teams and decide what they should do, and ...
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