21 Nov 2016
November 21, 2016

Who is to blame? Try the I-shikawa diagram.

November 21, 2016 Fun, People, Standards 0 Comment


19 Jan 2015
January 19, 2015

Is Agile a cancer to be eliminated?

January 19, 2015 Fun, People, Standards 0 Comment

Àgile-CancerBack in September 2014, Erik Meijer, a Dutch computer scientist, gave a remarkable keynote speech at Reaktor Dev Day in Helsinki, Finland.  It began with a claim that “Agile is a cancer that we have to eliminate from the industry”. You can follow the full video at Vimeo . This speech incited a large number of web discussions about who is right and who is not, who does and who does not understand Agile, but the most of those discussions missed the main point. The challenging opening was an overture to the main idea, and that is ‘One Hacker Way’. It contains – as may well be expected from a keynote speech – provoking, disputable and controversial statements, but also some very intriguing stuff.  I would say: listen to the message, try to understand it and do not judge from a holy Agile corner.

24 Sep 2014
September 24, 2014

If you give a mouse a scope cookie…

September 24, 2014 Fun 0 Comment

Suitable for age 4-8 and PMs.

It may not be scope creep that is troubling your project, but scope seep. And it may be self-inflicted. “Scope Seep” is what happens when the project team introduces additional scope of work not requested by the customer. Have a look at “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. It is not for children only. Quite the contrary.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)”, by Laura Joffe Numeroff (Author) and Felicia Bond (Illustrator) ISBN-13: 978-0060245863.

15 Sep 2013
September 15, 2013

Your project does not work… Cargo Cult maybe?

September 15, 2013 Fun, People 0 Comment

But it doesn’t work.

Your project does not work and you cannot figure out why. Is it possible that your team and you are victim to the Cargo Cult science? … They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work… Reading Richard Feynman’s commencement address given at Caltech in 1974 may give you some clues and inspiration.

The Economist looks at the four giants dominating the consumer internet: Google, Apple, Facebook being at each other’s throats. There is a nice map of the internet ‘Middle Earth’, take a look and have a laugh.