Scrumism: “You Live and Die by the Backlog”

We sometimes get caught up in the mechanics of delivering software and forget to give the requirements the attention they need.  In the agile / Scrum world, the requirements are housed in the Product Backlog (which I’ll just call the “backlog” in this article).  There is a pattern I’ve seen …

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The Curse of Knowledge: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed a cognitive bias called the curse of knowledge. One of my primary goals was to establish its potentially negative impact on communication. For today’s post, I’ll be examining two strategies that can be used to mitigate that risk. 1. Establish Mutually Agreed-Upon Definitions As …

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Scrumism

One of our senior consultants at Seilevel once gave me some sage advice.  I had asked him what the secret was to being a great consultant, and without hesitation he said “correctly predicting the future”.  We help our customers in all sorts of ways, but helping them chart a course …

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