a blogblogest 2013

Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Agile

Insurance concept

Okay… let’s set a little context here. In my last post we talked about two different types of projects. The ones that are knowable and the ones that aren’t knowable. Projects where it makes sense to estimate and projects that are more like R&D investments where we are spending money to learn and discover. Today, […]

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Understanding Risk in Your Project Portfolio

risk management

A post or so ago I used the process of designing and building a house as a metaphor for how to plan an agile project. I was basically making the case that we would never spend our own money the way we are asking our stakeholders to spend their money. We would never give a […]

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Religion, Politics, and Agile

Dinner party

Most folks have heard the old adage that you never discuss religion or politics in polite company. Frankly, I’m guilty of both because I think it’s fun and I can take it. As a society, I think it’s time to consider a third category of zealotry that needs to be banned from our fancy dinner […]

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Should You Use Agile To Build Your Next Home?


Before we start our conversation about governance in the structure-governance-metrics framework we’re building out, I want to take a minute and see if I can finally tell you guys about the house my wife and I were planning to build this past summer. It’s an important conversation because we need to establish a shared understanding […]

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Shu Level Agile Isn’t The Same As By-The-Book Scrum

Martial Arts

A couple of years ago… gosh, probably more than that now… I got turned onto the idea of Shu-Ha-Ri by Alistair Cockburn. Alistair talks about this concept in both Crystal Clear and Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game. While it’s been a few years since I’ve read these books, what’s stuck in my head is […]

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