HealthPartners Team Wins Design Award.

HealthPartners Team Wins Design Award.

The team at HealthPartners was able to move from a legacy waterfall process that was not working to an award winning experience in a year – what a transformation: http://uxmag.com/articles/announcing-winners-in-the-international-design-for-experience-awards This was one of the most positive and productive teams I have worked with – well done!

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Should we assign points to a Chore?

Should we assign points to a Chore?

Should we assign points to a chore?  My short answer is “yes”.  I’ll explain why below. First, what is a chore? Many teams make a distinction between stories and chores in their backlog.  A story – specifically a user story – is something that the users value in the software.  A chore is something that must be done, but the user doesn’t independently value.  A couple of tests to determine if some unit of work is a story...

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Dealing with Anxiety on an Agile Project

Dealing with Anxiety on an Agile Project

Anxiety can be define as: “a future-oriented mood state in which one is ready or prepared to attempt to cope with upcoming negative events” or simply as “the life of a project manager”. One of the great benefits of an agile approach is the visibility we get into the real state of the project.  Using working software to measure progress makes the progress – or lack of progress – transparent.  The transparency provided...

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Faster Sizing – Be mindful of the time spent discussing stories.

Faster Sizing – Be mindful of the time spent discussing stories.

Estimating / Sizing exercises are vital to our ability to understand the level of effort for our project and make better decisions on everything from staffing the project team to deciding if we should cancel a project early because we are not going to meet our ROI targets.  We estimate so we can get the information we need to make those decisions and get some level of predictability on our project. Even as we recognize the value in sizing and...

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The new planning decks are here.

The new planning decks are here.

The new Perigee Consulting planning poker card design is in. Some teams we work with prefer t-shirt sizes and some prefer using the Fibonacci series.  In either approach, we suggest restricting the cards to 1 through 40 and add a “black dot” card for those that individuals feel they just can’t size without more discussion or breaking down the story.   Our new planning deck provides cards for both approaches.   We limit the...

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Evaluating if a project is a candidate for an agile approach.

Evaluating if a project is a candidate for an agile approach.

A common question we are asked is: How do we know if a project is a good candidate for an agile project approach.  To answer this question, we need to look at both the project as well as the organization and environment in which we plan to complete the project. The self-assessment survey based approach presented below is, perhaps, an overly academic approach to determining if a particular project is a good fit for an agile methodology, but we...

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