With certification in agile becoming all the rage, I have decided to create a new international certification for trainers. To become a Certified Strum Muckster you need to meet the strict sounding entry criteria for the International Strum Alliance and then abide by a number of rules that have been deemed by the International Strum […]Read More Become a Certified Strum Muckster (or CSA)
User stories are a great way to focus your requirements around the real needs of your users: As a user I want to report on the number of users who read articles on my blog so I can see whether a topic is popular or not. This approach can work really well for a production […]Read More User stories for production support (part 1: FAB)
I have often admitted that I am not a test manager, but I know enough to realise that any project with an IT component needs to have an IT test strategy. I also know that creating a test strategy should involve more than just taking the 25 page strategy from the last project and replacing […]Read More A test strategy for lazy project teams
I published a tongue in cheek article yesterday, but it left me wondering whether I believe in the value of certification. I guess the answer is yes, but …..Read More Do I believe in agile certification?
I was speaking to some experienced Agilistas about whether “Agile” had a good or bad reputation at the moment. We spoke about agile maturity models, agile certification, real agile versus pretend agile and even whether there was a right way to do agile. We did not come to any agreement about whether certification and maturity […]Read More A mathematical formula to make agile work
Last night I did a presentation for the monthly gathering of agilistas in Sydney, so I thought I should publish my slides here. There is no sound so they may not make too much sense without any context, but here they are anyway: http://prezi.com/vllsdawtxfxv/but-where-do-the-stories-come-from/ They are created in a free software package called Prezi.com that […]Read More Link to my presentation for the agile gathering in Sydney in July
I wrote an article on how to motivate people on projects and I still think that the article contains everything a project manager really needs to know in order to motivate people. But there are some consistent forces at work that enhance or upset your ability to motivate people in each project. So I thought […]Read More Complications when motivating people on projects