My boss threw down the gauntlet Monday morning during our weekly meeting. In relaunching one of our decade old platforms, we couldn't afford to get bashed by fickle finger of Google Search Results and I needed to take extra care in ensuring all redirects were properly made. With over twenty thousand pages, it was no … Continue reading Using SiteSucker For Testing Redirects
Last week I held my first meeting at NetDoktor, introducing the rest of the company to both what I'm doing and how I organize my work. Of course, I'd dropped the 'agile' word around the office from time to time and, suprisingly, most everyone had some idea of what it meant. Sure, it was some … Continue reading Introducing Your Team to Agile Using Pivotal Tracker
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
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
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!
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
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