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Why I Never Use Days for Estimation

For estimating to be useful when planning a project, estimates need to closely reflect the reality of what is ahead.​Whenever I ask people to estimate how long tasks will take, the default is almost always in days or hours.  However, estimating in days ends up with...

Benchmarking Business Transformation

 Headspring announces a new, annual survey in response to an industry need to better understand organizational improvements.Business transformation is not just important; it’s vital to the success of all organizations in the 21st century marketplace.  How an IT...

Why great developers suck at UX

Authored by Allen PiscitelloDevelopers are almost always terrible at designing a user experience. Although there are the rare unicorns who can master both. This comes from the different skillsets needed to understand user experience and the skillsets needed to write...

Making your goals public (the right way)

Authored by Vishal Bardoloi I’ve heard this self-help mantra so many times, so many forms, that until recently I had accepted it as truth: If you want to achieve your goal, make it public. Until recently, when I saw this Ted Talk by Derek Sivers. The thesis:...

Thoughts on Short-Lived Branches

Corey Haines (@coreyhaines) wrote an interesting article on something he’s calling short-lived branches.  The short version is: Corey observed that we sometimes think of better ways to code something after we’ve started, but won’t start over (in economics this is...

Why scrum isn’t dead…and shouldn’t be

Authored by Shawn PetersonI have read numerous blog posts over the past year around the topic of why scrum is outdated, and no longer a valuable option for Agile teams.  I fully understand how scrum can go wrong – I also have been in the endless unproductive...