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Estimations: How I do it

Throughout my career I have estimated work required for delivering a feature in various ways, such as man-days, man-hours or story points. I wasn’t always a project manager and, before now I used to be a decent developer. I am also quite experienced as a scrum master. This means that I’ve seen estimations from all […]

Conflict Avoidance Will Ruin Your Team

There are organizations which are managed by conflict. You can actually feel cortisol in the air once there, with people actually yelling, staggering amount of sick leaves and industry record high rotation. Rumor has it, it doesn’t happen very often in IT companies, which, as we all know, are relaxed, cool and fun to work […]

LinkedIn Spam (and how I fought back!)

Okay, I have to admit that most of the times when I get an invite for LinkedIn that I first perform the following steps if I do not know the inviter personally: 1) is there a profile picture, 2) does the inviter have more than 50 connections, 3) is his/her profile completely filled in, and […]

Gary Kasparov as Project Manager

I understand that this title might sound a little confusing at the beginning, but I assure you that I will try to explain in this post what I mean with it. Actually, it is quite simple. Last week in my head I started to compare a game of chess with running a project. I hear […]

Trial and error – performance comparison

“I have invented a great visualisation that will help you to compare the system’s performance between two configurations”, I said. And I was wrong three times in this single sentence. First of all, I had not invented it but had probably seen it somewhere. Secondly, my visualisation was most definitely not great. And finally, it was […]

What demos can do for your team

Sprint review demo is a well-established practice for many teams striving for agility in their process. There are obvious reasons for conducting demos. For instance, you can get feedback from the product owner and provide a boost in team motivation. However, demos also provide an opportunity for more subtle, long-term benefits. To clarify, we’re talking […]