Month: July 2013

Book Review: Lean Software Development – An Agile Toolkit

I first read Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Mary and Tom Poppendieck several years ago when I was introduced to lean.  While attending a leadership training, the practitioner had us perform an activity involving building paper airplanes.  She split the class into 3 groups, each with 7 people.  She showed us how to build a …

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How We Cut the Cord (aka How We Got Rid of Cable TV)

“Cord Cutters”, as we have come to be known to the public, are simply people who no longer feel the need to pay for expensive cable or satellite video content and use cheaper and more user friendly alternatives.  Many are not only frustrated with the cost and excessive fees, but also with the inability for …

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Book Review: Essential Skills for the Agile Developer

I am a big fan of NetObjectives training and their books.  Their website offers a plethora of resources surrounding lean, agile, kanban and plenty of technical topics to support these frameworks and methodologies. I was introduced to this book through a 1 hour free webinar that they held – Essential Skills for the Agile Developer …

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How I Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to Track Agile Scrum Projects

Earned Value Management (EVM) is a technique that can be used on project to monitor the performance and progress of projects.  It is typically associated with traditional project management.  According to PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, Earned Value Management “compares what you’ve received or produced to what you’ve spent… EVM looks at schedule, …

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Why Books Are Better Than College

First off, I apologize to all of my college professors.  I have spent 7+ years taking college classes at 3 different colleges and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  In fact, I plan to take more classes in the future and wish I could constantly take classes.  Unfortunate I am currently short on both …

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