Great Consultants Provide Great Options: Active Problem Solving in Three Steps

Problems in life are often fuzzy; thus, finding solutions is also fuzzy. One response is to turn to a peer and say, “Tell me what to do”—a passive approach.

But great consultants understand the problem, turn to their clients and say, “Here are some options and a recommendation”—an active approach. Read more on Great Consultants Provide Great Options: Active Problem Solving in Three Steps…

5 Ways to Highlight the Value of Your Development Team

A lot of the awesome work developers do is not self-evident to project stakeholders. Customers, project managers, business analysts, and others may never see or hear about all of the big and little things you do behind the scenes that ultimately make their project a success. Read more on 5 Ways to Highlight the Value of Your Development Team…

Don’t Force Diverse Stakeholders into the Same Tools

How do you share information with your team? There are so many different things to communicate:

  • Bob is out sick today.
  • The TPS reports are functional and deployed.
  • The utilization metrics have been spec’d.
  • Visual design is complete for the login screen.
  • We’re still seeing errors from that federated login package.
  • We’re all out of beer.

All of those things matter. But they matter differently, to different people. Read more on Don’t Force Diverse Stakeholders into the Same Tools…

How to Estimate an Agile/Scrum Story Backlog with Points

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 story points on an agile/scrum project?
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Dysfunctional Team? It Could Be an Empathy Problem

Over the years of working on many different projects with many different people, I’ve noticed that the biggest problems seem to arise from a lack of a shared understanding. To overcome these hurdles and become more productive, we need to gain empathy for each other and the challenges we face. Read more on Dysfunctional Team? It Could Be an Empathy Problem…