Author Archives: Adrian

Feedback continuum over Binary judgment

Almost everything in life lies on a continuum … not in binary states. For example: it’s a simplification to say that you’re either introverted or extroverted. More sophisticated Myers Briggs tests (and others) will give you an indication of the … Continue reading

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Weekly status – in an agile environment

I’ve been asked by clients in the past to provide weekly “status updates” on agile projects. On one project, where we were using a sophisticated agile project management tool (Mingle), I simply sent a url within the tool to the … Continue reading

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Positive Feedback

Good software engineers have an engineering mindset. We are problem-solvers. We also have a critical mindset. That is – we are more apt to identify flaws and fix them than to recognize success or progress. This penchant for critical analysis … Continue reading

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Buy Aptitude; Rent Acronyms

It amazes me to this day that recruiters and companies are still advertising for talent based on initialism matching. 2 years of XML 6 years of Java 4 years of zoological research 12 years of breathing The software development recruiting … Continue reading

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Developers wanted

I think many of the job listings out there are pretty boring. Here’s one I created for hiring developers on my team here in Atlanta in an attempt to stand out a bit: I think the recruiting process for software … Continue reading

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iterations ~= methadone

The agile manifesto is the foundation of agile software development. Various branded versions (Scrum, XP) promote “iterations”. Iterations are these methods’ approach to facilitating agile’s value: responding to change over following a plan and by extension to the second agile … Continue reading

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The PMI-ACP agile quiz – a critique

I took the Program Management Institute (PMI) Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) survey to assess my knowledge of agile this morning. I was prompted to check into it after having attended a PMI session called: “Why PMI-ACP Certification is Red Hot…and … Continue reading

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PMI-ACP Certification – hot or not?

I attended a PMI session this week called “Why PMI-ACP Certification is Red Hot…and How You Already Qualify to Receive It.” It’s rare that I attend user group meetings in my home town, as I have been traveling for projects … Continue reading

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Anti-If campaign

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Hiring an agile coach

A colleague of mine was once asked for help in creating a job description for an agile coach. One of the suggestions was “5 years of agile project management experience”. Though longevity is certainly helpful, it is not sufficient to … Continue reading

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