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An Alternative Way to Teach and Estimate with Story Points

An Alternative Way to Teach and Estimate with Story Points

An Alternative Way to Teach, and Estimate with, Story Points I recently gave a lightning talk a few weeks ago at the Cambridge Agile Exchange MeetUp. The topic I covered was about an alternative way to teach and do story pointing. This alternative technique was something I came up with back in 2008. Why did ...
A Template for Monthly Performance Discussions

A Template for Monthly Performance Discussions

A Lightweight Template for Monthly Performance Discussions In my series of newsletters on preparing for your performance review, I mentioned a template you can use when talking with your manager during your one-on-one meetings (1:1s). A colleague and I have also mentioned this template in our talks on performance assessments, rewards and recognition systems, and ...
Slicing Your Hiring Dinosaur to Pieces

Slicing Your Hiring Dinosaur to Pieces

Slicing Your Hiring Dinosaur to Pieces Many companies have gone Agile over the years, undergoing transformations and seeing their teams deliver quicker (hopefully). Organizations seem to lust after delivery teams going faster. And yet as an organization, we hamper them in other ways, such as hiring. Let me illustrate this with the following scenario. I’ve ...
Your Ineffective Job Descriptions are So Last Century

Your Ineffective Job Descriptions are So Last Century

Your Ineffective Job Descriptions are So Last Century I’ve been skimming over the Silicon Valley job descriptions for the past few months. And practically all the job postings look the same, with the trite conventional wordings that have been in use for the last 20 to 30 years. They contain a lot of fluffy words, ...