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Responding to RFP’s

Post by Ben Edwards

At Refactr we don’t often get RFP’s (Requests for Proposals). Most of our consulting project work comes from word of mouth and referral where we help brainstorm what is to be created at the outset. It is the only time … Continue reading

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Startup Pitfall #2: You CAN be too accessible

Post by Ben Edwards

One of the first things we thought we knew about the way we wanted to employ agile methods* was that our team should nearly always be on-site with the customer or stakeholder to facilitate communication most effectively. With several projects … Continue reading

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New Refactr world headquarters

Post by Ben Edwards

Yes, we have moved into new offices in Minneapolis. North East Minneapolis at 4th Street NE and Hennepin to be exact. We have a suite on the top floor of a three story building. The space has high ceilings, ample … Continue reading

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Pitching Agile to senior management

Post by Ben Edwards

With many parallells to the Selling Agile to the Enterprise presentation Ross and I gave at last month’s MinneBar (un)conference, Scott Ambler, goes a bit further by providing specific language (like diminishing returns* or, my favorite, opportunity cost**) to use … Continue reading

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More on daily meetings

Post by Scott Vlaminck

Jon discusses why he and his team abandoned daily team meetings – a standard practice for many agile teams, particularly those using Scrum or XP. I can definitely sympathize with a couple of his reasons because I’ve had some of … Continue reading

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The hardest part of being an Agile Project Manager

Post by Scott Vlaminck

Brian Button recently described The hardest part of being an Agile Project Manager for him on a project: Staying out of the way. He’s found that to let the team effectively grow and work well together, they need to be … Continue reading

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I love a good home construction/software development metaphor

Post by Ben Edwards

In Construction Metaphor: Collaboration over Contracts Steve Berczuk speaks to his recent experiences with a home renovation project and the parallels it has with managing software projects using agile values. During the past year my wife and I decided to … Continue reading

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Agile Revolution

Post by Casey

Gus Power has an interesting quote about the agility of a team, “Agility of a team is inversely proportional to the number of external people involved.” If this is true, and I think it is, how do you convince the … Continue reading

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The Appropriate Amount of Time for Discussion

Post by Casey

I have been on too many projects where the discussions went way overboard (many times through my own causing.) It is so easy to fall into the trap of “let’s just discuss it quick” and one hour later still be … Continue reading

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On having a mantra…

Post by Ben Edwards

In The Art of the Start Guy Kawasaki tells us to “Make Mantra”. I think this is good practice in any endeavor. A simple message that can be conveyed to all parties, is easy to remember and gets to the … Continue reading

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