Finding the Right Balance Between Planning & Building on Agile Projects

Finding and maintaining balance is a major theme of life—between work and leisure, time alone and time with others, eating healthy food and enjoying a treat.

Software projects also involve a lot of balancing. One big facet (highlighted by conversations around Agile vs. Waterfall) is the balance between spending time to build precise plans in advance vs. starting to build real software as soon as possible and leaning on feedback to work toward the best result. Read more on Finding the Right Balance Between Planning & Building on Agile Projects…

Three Ways to Improve Your Sprint Demo

The demo is one of the most important aspects of the sprint ceremony. At this point, your client has already seen the visual design of new features, but this is their first chance to see features in action.

I’ve been a part of some very successful feature demos, and some that haven’t gone so well. Here are three tips to make your next sprint demo a successful one. Read more on Three Ways to Improve Your Sprint Demo…

How to Run a Sprint Planning Meeting for a Happy, Productive Team

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. Read more on How to Run a Sprint Planning Meeting for a Happy, Productive Team…

You Can’t Always Outwork the Requests! (How to Reduce an Overloaded Queue)

We’ve all been there—that moment when you realize you’ve bitten off a little more work than you can handle. Interestingly, the more you increase your skill level, the more often you find yourself in this situation. It stands to reason; people like to assign work to competent and talented people. Read more on You Can’t Always Outwork the Requests! (How to Reduce an Overloaded Queue)…

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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Self-Managing People Are Smart about Asking for Help

In my experience, people who truly excel in their careers are always self-managing. They accomplish more, they discover more opportunities for themselves, and (as Verne Harnish says in Scaling Up) they’re the sort of people that smart organizations hire and rely on.

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The Delivery Lead: A New Type of Maker

Atomic is adding a new type of maker called the Delivery Lead to our lineup. Recently, we’ve recognized ways to enhance the experience of our clients and teams and build better software in the process. The Delivery Lead position is the result of more than a year’s worth of experimentation in this area. As one of the first to hold that position at Atomic Object, I’d like to introduce the Delivery Lead role and share the context for how we got here.
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