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Prateek Singh
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Deadline Driven Predictability
Have you heard any of these before — “This team, oh they will work hard to meet any target, no matter how impossible it seems.” “Folks, we are committed to this deliverable, the product team has already promised the customers, we need to somehow make it hap...
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Conway Is Killing You And Little Is Helping
Conway’s Law In 1968, Melvin Conway wrote the paper “ How Do Committees Invent ”. One of his observations in that paper (among numerous interesting ones) was declared Conway’s Law. Conway’s Law states — Any organization that designs a system (defined more b...
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Why Your (Big Bang) Multi-Year Project Will Fail
Imagine you have been tasked to produce a brand new product. You have been asked to create a project timeline and given high-level requirements. All initial estimates point for this to be a 3-year project. How would you go about developing this product? For...
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The Mathematics of Gender Bias
A couple weeks ago, at Music City Agile  I attended a session on combating biases presented by Neem Serra . There was a slide presented that had data from simulations on how gender bias during promotions affects the number of women at different levels of an...
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Hackathons : Paving The Desire Path
Desire Path There is a very interesting Urban Planning concept called " Desire Path ". The idea is pretty simple. People walking through a park will take the shortest or easiest routes. This is regardless of whether this path is paved or not. Eventually, du...
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Is Your Car Lying To You - Continuous Reforecasting
How often do you forecast whether your project is going to finish on time or not? Once, at the beginning of the project? Every month? Every two weeks? Every day? How about every 15 minutes? For the teams I work with, we are forecasting our success probabili...
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The Micromanagement Disease
One of the many advantages of being an Agile Coach is that I get to interact with folks across the organization. I get to observe how developers work and how the folks leading and/or managing them behave. My organization has managers and directors of varyin...
The Micromanagement Disease
The Micromanagement Disease
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Turning Our #NoEstimates Game Up A Notch
In an earlier post , I described how one of my teams went down the #NoEstimates route.  We had pretty good success going down this path. As a manager and a coach, it validated for me that how long it took for a story to get done had little correlation with ...
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Why Scrum Sometimes Works And What Can You Do About It?
Scrum sometimes works great and other times is a constant source of dissatisfaction for both developers and management. If Scrum is working well for you, most likely you have already started modifying the "rules" of Scrum to fit your context. On the other h...
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Handoffs Create Heartbreaks - A Christmas Story
Our story begins and ends at one of Florida's largest tourist attractions - The Sawgrass Mills Mall. Just like any good procrastinating parent, I waited until the last week before Christmas to get the earrings that my daughter had (strongly) hinted at. Over...
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