Why don’t developers water the plants?

Bike-shedding, Bystanders and Boredom: I have a theory that in the context of self-organizing teams in a business environment, there are zones of diminishing responsibility and thus the effectiveness of self organization as the tasks get further from the perceived core purpose of the team or individual. That is to say that a self-organizing software…

Project Management Mistakes

I found an interesting link discussing common Project Management problems and suggested solutions, and I found myself questioning the advice given… http://www.cio.com/article/2391872/project-management/12-common-project-management-mistakes–and-how-to-avoid-them.html So many projects, so much mismanagement. That’s the refrain of many IT executives. Indeed, even with project management software, IT projects often wind up taking longer (much longer) than planned and costing more…

How not to motivate

A friend suggested I watch this YouTube video on Motivation: Worst way to motivate I thoroughly enjoyed this video and it is well worth watching.  The outcome flies in the face of some conventional logic but supports the view that we have come to know and love in Agile. Spoiler Alert: for those that don’t watch…

You can’t handle the Truth!

When it comes to leadership it seems that a lot of problems and a great many solutions come down to either a lack of communication or lack of trust, often both. But why are those two skills so difficult to master? How much time and effort gets wasted simply because we don’t trust our employees,…

The value of a ScrumMaster

In June 2014 a new ScrumMaster was brought in to work with an existing and established development team At the point of joining the team had already raised concerns about environments and tools but the team had been unable to express specific issues that could be resolved, these problems had been intermittent for most of the…