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SPaMCAST 468 features the return of Johanna Rothman. Johanna and I discussed her new book, Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.  (Buy your copy today and support Johanna and the SPaMCAST).  Johanna provides incredibly useful and pragmatic insights for delivering value to your customers and stakeholders!

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough product development problems.

Johanna is the author of more than ten books, including:

  • Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver
  • Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization
  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, 2nd ed
  • Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Value in Your Project Portfolio (with Jutta Eckstein)
  • Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost

See more of Johanna’s writing on http://www.jrothman.com, and http://www.createadaptablelife.com.

Contact Johanna at:

Email:  jr@jrothman.com

Web:   www.jrothman.com

Previous interview with Johanna

SPaMCAST 180 – Johanna Rothman, Transparency and Trust

SPaMCAST 23 – Rothman, Project Management , Traceability

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Re-Read Saturday News

This week we re-read Chapter 4 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 4 is titled, An Introduction to CFDs. Cumulative Flow Diagrams deliver a huge amount of actionable information.  This chapter lays down the basics needed to build a CFD.  Buy your copy today and read along!

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A New Copy!

Today we begin Part 2 of  Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability. Part 2 is titled Cumulative Flow DIagrams for Predictability. Chapter 4, Introduction to CFDs lays out the Vacanti’s view on the composition of cumulative flow diagrams (CFD) and the principles that drive those views. Cumulative flow diagrams are some of the most powerful data visualization techniques and are used far less than they should be! Buy your copy today and read along!

Part 2 Cumulative flow diagrams for predictability

Chapter 4 Introduction to CFDs.

The Software Process and Measurement blog has tackled CFDs in the past. CFDs provide a basis for interpreting the flow of work through a process. A CFD can help everyone from team members to program managers (note I think my understanding and experience would suggest updating and tailoring some parts of the older entries on the topic). Vacanti opens Chapter 4 with the concept: (more…)

A New Copy!

Today we tackle Chapter 2 of  Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability. Chapter 2 is titled The Basic Metrics of Flow.  The concept of flow is critical to predictability.   Buy your copy today and read along! (more…)

 

Value is in the eye of the beholder.

When deciding which piece of work gets included in a product’s portfolio value is touted as the most important arbiter of priority.   Value is so important that the first of the twelve principles in the Agile Manifesto includes the concept of value.

“Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.”  

Clearly, the value is a core tenant in the Agile community.  But . . . the word has definition issues, does not have a single accepted unit of measure, and can relate to lots of different attributes; therefore, it can generate LOTS of different opinions.  In Value: Looking for Value in All of the Right Places, we provided a number of questions to prime the pump when mining for value.  The essay is a starting point, not an ending point.  Because there are many potentially different aspects contributing to value we need to recognize that sometimes the value is driven by perspective. (more…)

A New Copy!

Today we begin the re-read of Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability. Actionable Agile Metrics (Leanpub, 2015) is 17 chapters with a preface and bibliography across 307 pages.  Buy your copy today and read along! (more…)

There are four leadership concepts that can double the chances that your Agile transformation will be effective and stay that way! These four concepts are not new, but they require a degree of passion and constancy of purpose that are often missing. The idea of constancy of purpose was the first point in W. Edward Deming’s 14 points for management (Out of The Crisis – 1982 MIT Press) that has rewritten management and leadership philosophy across the globe. Deming’s philosophies form the bedrock for the Agile and lean revolution in which we are currently engulfed, so we ignore Deming at our own peril. Agile delivers great benefits, but those benefits require leadership and vision to provide motivation and constancy of purpose. The four cornerstones that define Agile leadership are:

  • A focus on behavior;
  • setting the bar high;
  • developing self-awareness; and
  • deploying measurement.

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Make sure you’re telling the right story.

 

Early in the history of Agile, most descriptions of Agile included the need to define a central metaphor to help guide the work.  Somewhere over time, the idea of a central metaphor has disappeared as Agile thought leaders have focused on more tactical facets of agile methods and frameworks. It’s time to reconsider the big picture story.  

The central metaphor delivers: (more…)