Posts Tagged ‘Agile’

Planning for technical debt

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There’s a problem with technical debt in the software field. Well, yeah. Okay. Sure. Actually, I didn’t mean that problem. I meant this one: Many people seem to be willing to incur technical debt in situations that don’t call for it. This article by Nishi Grover Garg, Paying Off the Technical Debt in Your Agile Projects, is representative of the […]

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Toward a Continuous Flow

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I’ve observed that most software delivery processes in the “real world” are hybrid processes. It’s rare for an organization to follow a defined method to the letter. That said, there seem to be four common reference models, and real processes often lean more heavily on one of these than the other three: Linear Iterative Timeboxed […]

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A practical short-cut to understanding Lean Thinking

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I don’t know about you, but personally, I find the world pretty confusing. People go out of their way to make simple things complicated; easy things hard. They’d rather say “utilize” than “use.” Maybe that’s Superior Utilizification of English. I don’t know. I’m a bear of very little brain. Why I didn’t go into psychology Once […]

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Process Cycle Efficiency (PCE) Metric

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What is Process Cycle Efficiency? Process Cycle Efficiency, also known as “Flow Efficiency” or “Value Add Ratio,” is a measurement of the amount of value-add time in any process, relative to lead time (the time between the initiation and completion of a production process). The higher the ratio, the more efficient your process. This metric […]

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Feature Estimation: Using Ideal Weeks

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Recently, a client asked me what an ideal feature-estimation-week would look like. It was a fairly straightforward question, but I knew she was setting a trap.  We had been training on and using ideal weeks for six months already, so this caught me off guard. It took me a little bit to wrap my head […]

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