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Posts by Jann Thomas

Use Metrics to Tell a Story

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Agile delivery practices use metrics as a foundation to quantify the unpredictable nature of understanding what someone has in mind. Stories are a set of words that convey an idea and translate one person’s imagination into an imaginary format called software. Given that we can debate what the definition of “is” is, estimating when some […]

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The Shape of Your Portfolio

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What is your capability model showing you? In the world of Agile Software development, capability model may not be a term commonly used. We often think of Agile as describing how the development teams function, standups, planning, demo, retro, much of the delivery world moves to the scrum rhythm. Capability model, now how does that […]

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Why Iterative Planning?

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First, I would like to credit Eric Ries in his 2010 Web 2.0 speech for giving me the idea for these awesome graphics. If you have never seen the speech then I highly recommend the version found on YouTube. I have always admired people with creative slides who can capture ideas with elegant simplicity. Since […]

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Converting Feelings to Metrics with a “Safety Check”

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In the quest to understand how the delivery teams feel about changes in delivery process, a simple tool called the “Safety Check” can be used to measure how empowered the team feels. Other measures such as participation, active discussion, and happiness indicators can be subjective or influenced externally. With all the metrics there is a […]

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10 Tips for Better Story Estimation

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The foundation of predictable delivery is to make a commitment to an iteration of work using story estimation. In order to make a commitment, delivery teams need to estimate how much work there is and determine whether that work will fit within the iteration timeframe. So, how do you make sure you’re doing a good […]

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