Sun.Oct 14, 2018

Essentialism is agile

Kiron Bondale

I’m reading Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and many of the lessons within it echo the tenth principle from the Manifesto for Agile Software Development which is “ Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential “ In the past, I’ve mostly considered this principle as it relates to how we deliver value to our customers. It provides a constant reminder that practices, ceremonies, tools and artifacts are just a means to an end, and shouldn’t be elevated as an end unto themselves. Minimal sufficiency should be our goal when expending effort on anything which doesn’t create business value for our stakeholders. But we can also this principle to our products. While Greg’s book provides a lot of insights, there’s one line which really resonates with me: “ If it isn’t a clear yes , then it’s a clear no.” Greg provides an example of the company Vitsoe which applies this filter when hiring new staff, but the same principle could be applied when deciding what to include in product backlogs. Let’s consider the example of the mice provided with the first Apple Macintosh computers. The design team at Apple could have added multiple buttons and scroll wheels the way future generations of PC mice were designed, but a single button sufficed to allow a user to effectively use the Macintosh graphical user interface. This principle is key when defining Minimum Viable Products (MVP). A good MVP should generate empirical evidence to support or refute a hypothesis and adding features which won’t directly support that learning is waste. But minimal sufficiency could be applied beyond MVPs to general releases. By doing so we can reap some of the following benefits: Reducing learning curve. One of the attributes of well designed products is that they can be used with minimal instruction. Reducing ongoing maintenance costs. To quote Scotty from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – “ The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain “ Reducing ongoing regression testing efforts. As system complexity grows, the points of interdependence between seemingly unrelated components makes it almost impossible to avoid regression defects. Focusing development teams on core capabilities. To quote Greg, the next time you are considering whether or not to add a feature, ask yourself the question “ Is this exactly what I am looking for? ” Agile agile project management customer satisfaction project decision making

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#PMOT – Who are the Project Managers on Twitter to Follow?

Online PM Courses

#PMOT is the Twitter hashtag used by Project Managers on Twitter. If you want to follow project management conversations on Twitter… Or if you want to keep up with the latest articles, or products… #PMOT is a good tag to follow. It’s not the only tag project managers use.

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5 Scheduling Software Tools That Will Save Your Sanity

Teamweek

Do you ever have one of those moments where nothing seems to be working right, and you just want to pull your hair out? We all have those moments, but we shouldn’t let them bring us down. For project managers , one of the most brain-straining tasks is often scheduling.

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Communications v content

Musings on Project Management

"The New York Herald pointed out [that] the telegraph appeared to make it possible for the whole nation to have the same idea at the same moment. Henry David Thoreau raised an eyebrow: "We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate" The New York Times Nothing important to communicate? communication

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

How to Use TeamGantt’s Slack Integration | TeamGantt

TeamGantt

TeamGantt for Slack enables you to turn collaboration into project action. Learn how to connect TeamGantt with Slack and make the most of this easy integration

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