Agile adoption failure stories are abundant, especially in large organizations. There are many vague reasons and lame excuses for this: "Our culture doesn’t support change initiatives." "Our leadership won’t adopt an agile mindset.” "Our change order process can’t integrate with an agile process." And so on. Here are some concrete things you can do or […]
At Atomic, we often meet with colleagues in-person for recurring working sessions as well as targeted ad hoc meetings. I work with many experienced, smart people with diverse perspectives, great ideas, and strong opinions, and bringing everyone’s ideas together can be complicated. Here are a few things I’ve found helpful when facilitating internal work meetings […]
At Atomic, we expect every member of a project team to be a consultant. That means everyone should: Understand the big picture and how their work fits in. Collaborate with the client to help them make smart decisions. Feel personally responsible for helping the client succeed. Our teams are structured to that end, with four […]
Let’s talk about how to deal with stories that are hard to estimate. (If you’re interested in a broader discussion of Agile point-based estimation, check out this post over here.) In every backlog I’ve estimated, I can recall running into a handful of stories for which I had no idea what point value to assign. […]
So, your product development engagement with Atomic Object is nearing an end. At this point, we have finished and launched your MVP, worked through your scope-controlled budget for app updates/improvements, or handed the reigns to your internal team. You now have three distinct options for continuing to work with us.
So you have your product backlog chock-full of sprintable items. User stories, dev chores, a few bugs—all estimated, of course, right?!? Your team is ready to rock, so where do we start? We start with my favorite scrum thing: the Sprint Planning Meeting.
Humility is a highly valued trait in our team members at Atomic Object. This is best exemplified when Atoms admit that they do not know the answer to a question—something I drive for when interviewing developer candidates. How they respond can tell a lot about how good of a fit they will be. Is their […]
When you’re trying to get started on your first agile/scrum project, it’s easy to find arguments about why it’s a good approach. But it’s a lot harder to find clear, step-by-step explanations of the tools and processes you need to succeed. I’m trying to fill that gap by answering the question: How do you estimate […]
I encourage all of our Delivery Leads to measure how effectively they are managing their backlog through the lens of three goals. These goals can be phrased as the following questions: Do you have four to six weeks of sprintable stories at the top of your backlog? Is your backlog completely estimated up to your […]
Talking about risk is hard. Over the past couple years, I’ve adapted an approach from the book Waltzing With Bears by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister.