New Post at AITS: Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My latest article for AITS was published today: Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Amazon is one of the few very large companies with a completely Agile culture. You might not like what they are doing to their competitors or the stress levels their employees have to deal with, but they live Agile values and methods, from CEO Jeff Bezos all the way down. In this article, I look at how they were able to develop Prime Now in only 111 days.

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New Post at AITS: Agile Is an Ingredient, Not a Recipe

My latest article for AITS was published today: Agile Is an Ingredient, Not a Recipe.

It’s easy for a team of developers who work closely with each other forget that the rest of the corporate world exists. Especially when they have a Scum Master and a Product Owner handle team interactions with the rest of the corporate world. But that Scrum team is really just one component of a large team that actually turns a shippable product into revenue.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.

New Post at AITS: Simplicity

My latest article for AITS was published today: Simplicity: What’s Left When You Ignore Everything Else.

One of the great trends of the last decade has been the consumerization of virtually everything. You no longer have to know anything about the technology you are using to meet your needs. From retail self-service to manager dashboards to (soon) autonomous automobiles, our products are becoming ever less demanding of us, as we have become ever more demanding of them. And as project managers delivering those products to impatiently waiting end users, we have to understand the relationship between that expected simplicity and the hidden complexity in order to keep our projects within scope and on track.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.