In This Issue
- Estimating The Unknown
Read Johanna Rothman's five-part Blog Post
- How To Build An Agile UX Team: The Culture
Read Jeff Gothelf's Article
- Stories, Epics and Themes
Read Mike Cohn's Blog Post
- PECK, PECK, PECK
Read Esther Derby's Blog Post
- T-Shaped Agile
Read Lee Cunningham's Blog Post
Estimating The Unknown
Almost every manager wants to know when a project will be done. And some managers want you to estimate the budget as well. Johanna Rothman provides a modern, pragmatic guide to project management, reminding us there is no crystal ball to tell you how to determine the unknown. The main takeaway? If you don't have a ranked backlog you are up the proverbial creek.
Read Johanna Rothman's 5-part Blog Post.
How To Build An Agile UX Team: The Culture
If you're struggling to build and grow a successful agile user experience team, then this article is for you. Understand the importance of creating an environment that values design, promotes its benefits and spreads this gospel through the allocation of UX resources across individual teams. In doing so you'll lay the foundation for successful team-building and adoption of the agile process down the road.
Read Jeff Gothelf's Article.
Stories, Epics and Themes
Do you get confused about the difference between “user story”, “epic” and “theme”? Whether you're new to agile or a seasoned practitioner, rest assured you're not alone. Mike Cohn provides a back-to-basics reminder, clearing up the uncertainty over what term we should be using when.
Read Mike Cohn's Blog Post.
PECK, PECK, PECK
No naming names, but do you have a self-proclaimed genius on your team? Or maybe a star performer who outshines the rest? Oh, and there's bound to be someone who isn't pulling their weight. STOP! Find out how stack ranking can cause real harm by detracting from how well the team is doing as a goal oriented social unit. Esther Derby recommends that instead of trying to line the team up in rank order we focus on helping the team perform to its full capability.
Read Esther Derby's Blog Post.
Is agile breeding a new generation of process bigots? Lee Cunningham warns against becoming too zealously committed to one particular agile approach, urging us not to split hairs over the pros and cons of each to the detriment of the community as a whole. He reminds us that all agile approaches are more alike than they are different with a common focus on working together to build good stuff that our customers love.
Read Lee Cunningham's Blog Post.
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