My worst stand-up(s)

Reading this story about the worst daily scrum ever made me think about my own experience. An both actually reminds me of what happened in the linked story. Read more here.

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Estimating projects

Several years ago I told a story about a project that proved that estimation was a waste of time once the work was split up in small enough chunks. Not necessarily equal size of chunks but manageable size chunks. But sometimes you need to do estimations because somebody wants to know the cost of some…

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The green February revolution

I read this great article “the February Revolution” listing four things that tend to happen when great results are achieved. The thing that interested me the most was how similar at least three of the items were to how a successful military unit operates. People know why they are doing their work. This makes me…

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Cost of meetings

This was recently sent to me and anybody who has worked at Microsoft knows that a lot of teams (if not all) have a lot of meetings and do a lot of communication over email. The essence of the article linked is that people who’s work mainly consists of meetings need to understand that people…

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How Spotify Works

While I wish I could write a long article on how Spotify works technically this is not what I want to tell you about today. Nor will I tell you how I would build Spotify if I had to, but that would be an interesting blog post. But today I want to tell you about…

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Lean processes explained with LEGO

I read this interesting article that illustrated the difference between processes optimized for flow efficiency versus resource efficiency. Maybe not obvious in that article why flow is cheaper (or same) cost as resource optimized but if we assume customer satisfaction is a great asset I think it is obvious which process is preferably from a customer…

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One way to make management understand development

I spent the weekend catching up on my RSS feeds and read this interesting story on how to explain why two developers pair programming would only produce a hundred lines of code in a single day. Brilliant idea to use business plans to explain what development really is about.

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Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming

I recently saw this post with ten tips on how to be a better developer. It made me think of the Viking Laws again. The Viking Laws covers a few more aspects than the Ten Commandments which essentially just tell you to be a good person and point out a few different aspects of being…

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Drunken estimation

As I’ve pointed out before, estimation is usually a waste of time in my opinion. The time can be spent on other things that are more productive and lead to better understanding of velocity. Well, I’m almost prepared to start being an advocate for estimation again… Drunken estimation to be precise. I think it’s a…

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Alt.Net Seattle Conference 2011

I spent half of last week at the Alt.Net Seattle Conference 2011. It started with two days of workshops and ended with two days of open spaces. For me personally the four hour workshops did not work well. There was a good intention to let us get lots of hands on experience but in practice…

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