Testing is not a phase

testing waterfall phase

Every time someone talks about a testing “phase”, a little part of me dies. The worst example I saw recently was a post on an agile group asking “how many days should we allow for testing? If something takes 10 days for development, should we allow 10 days for testing? Or maybe 15?”. I’m not […]

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The history and future of management

Taylor agile management theory

Many organisations today are run according to management principles which are 50 to 100 years old. These methods are not appropriate to the fluid and fast-paced world we live in, but many organisations are struggling to change. In this article, I will talk about the history and future of management theory, so we can understand […]

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It’s all about the flow

flow lean

So it’s not really about the tools and processes. Right? Sure – it’s about people and interactions. Well, that sounds nice, but it’s not always helpful. What sort of people? What sort of interactions? There is something deep-running underneath all the talk and principles and concepts in Agile, Scrum, Lean, and all the rest. Sometimes […]

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Production support in agile / scrum

A common question I see asked is “how do we do production support in agile / scrum?”. This is a harder problem than it might at first seem. It definitely adds some complexity to the problem of prioritizing work. There are three stages to solving it properly. What actually is production support? Production support or […]

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The Things Every Online Store Owner Needs

  (This is a contributed post) If you’ve decided to run your store online as opposed to in a bricks and mortar location, you have endless opportunities to build business and find new customers because you are, after all, operating on the world wide web. However, your success is not guaranteed and there are numerous […]

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The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Independent Contractor

(This is a contributed post) Over the past decade, the way that we work has completely changed. Being able to work flexibly or working remotely has changed a traditional workplace for many people. Many more people work from home a couple of days a week, or even run their own business from home. This can […]

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Misconceptions about Kanban

There is an enormous amount of confusion and misinformation about Kanban. This article will clear up some of the major misconceptions that surround this topic. Let’s go through them one by one. You have to choose between Kanban and Scrum The most common misconception I’ve found is that people think you have to choose between […]

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Preparing For Your Company’s First Trade Show

(This is a contributed post) If you’ve started a new business during the last few months, there is a reasonable chance you focus most of your time on marketing your brand and attempting to reach as many potential customers and clients as possible. While most entrepreneurs do that online these days, it is still possible […]

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Expand and conquer

(This is a contributed post) There’s nothing more exciting than the business world. There’s nothing that’s going to offer you more opportunities than the business world. But there is no harder place to make it in life than the business world. Whilst it can bring its riches, it can also bring its hardships, and boy […]

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Problems with story point estimates

Story point estimates have become standard in agile and Scrum. There are a number of problems with these estimates, however. This article will explain what they are, and what the alternatives are. Where do story points come from? The history of story points is a little unclear. Ron Jeffries’ name often comes up. He claims […]

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