A Luxury Problem: How Emerging Iterations Eat Team Commitment For Breakfast

We've managed our complete development with Pivotal Tracker for over a month now, and never looked back. All in all, our administrative overhead simply vanished and the flow of implementing user stories smoothed out quite a bit. All's well that ends well, you might want to say. But the last couple of weeks raised some … Continue reading A Luxury Problem: How Emerging Iterations Eat Team Commitment For Breakfast

Thoughtworks Mingle vs. Pivotal Labs Tracker

As I've shown in my plea to Agile Tool Vendors: Please simplify my life, I currently see only Pivotal Tracker to be a tool which simplifies my life instead of managing complexity. Enterprise Class vs Opinionated Software Maybe the biggest differences between Mingle and Tracker are their core assumptions and target audience. While Mingle is … Continue reading Thoughtworks Mingle vs. Pivotal Labs Tracker

Agile Tool Vendors: Please don’t try to manage complexity – simplify my life!

We've been using Mingle for over one year now and it serves us quite well. During the course of the year, we used it to manage over 2000 stories, issues and chores, and we currently only have around 90 open ones left. The only major shortcoming in my eyes is the lack of a real … Continue reading Agile Tool Vendors: Please don’t try to manage complexity – simplify my life!

The Curse Of Agile Project Management Tools

Index cards and a story wall are my preferred agile project management tools. They force you to keep things simple due to limited space on index cards and you get optimal visibility through the ubiquitous story wall. Software tools are usually inferior in terms of simplicity and visibility. Most agile project management tools provide you … Continue reading The Curse Of Agile Project Management Tools

Presentations Without PowerPoint – Tools For Bridging The Gap

Last week, I introduced three key factors to help you connect to a non-technical audience. This week I want to introduce you to some tools and techniques for preparing your presentations. And, no, I'm not going to talk much about using PowerPoint 😉 ... Know Your Goal Every good presentation starts with a message. What … Continue reading Presentations Without PowerPoint – Tools For Bridging The Gap