Category archives: backlogs

Technical Story Slicing 3 of 3

Too many times user stories and backlogs are taught at such a high level of abstraction that folks can’t get value from them. So let’s take a real project, developed on AWS using Microservices, and walk though how the backlog… continue reading »

Technical Story Slicing 2 of 3

Too many times user stories and backlogs are taught at such a high level of abstraction that folks can’t get value from them. So let’s take a real project, developed on AWS using Microservices, and walk though how the backlog… continue reading »

Technical Story Slicing 1 of 3

Too many times user stories and backlogs are taught at such a high level of abstraction that folks can’t get value from them. So let’s take a real project, developed on AWS using Microservices, and walk though how the backlog… continue reading »

Words Don’t Actually Mean Anything

(The following is an excerpt from the upcoming “Backlogs 2″ e-book) Aristotle would have made a terrible programmer because words don’t actually mean anything. Philosophers in general are a big pain in the ass. They’re also responsible for civilization and… continue reading »

How We Got To Agile

1900. Allentown, Pennsylvania. The dawn of a new century. Manufacturing looked nothing like today. For one thing, there were no managers. There were owners, There were overseers. Foremen. But not pocket-protectored MBAs wandering the shop floor, clipboard in hand. Back… continue reading »

Agile Program Management in 15 Minutes

Can Agile handle really complex programs, teams of teams of people? Don’t you need a complex and expensive tool, or a bunch of guys doing powerpoints, or endless meetings? Just how far can you scale simple, lightweight process? In a… continue reading »

Agile Value Dark Horse: What’s Your Backlog Pattern?

When teaching Agile, you usually throw up a chart that looks something like this overview of Agile Value: You talk about how each project, the Agile/iterative one and the Waterfall one, may deliver the same value at the end, but… continue reading »

Agile Backlogs. Sigh.

What a mess Frederick Taylor created. We can’t blame him completely, of course. He was just an engineer born in the mid 1800s who asked a simple question: “Why don’t we break up industrial processes into smaller and smaller pieces… continue reading »