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Spreadsheet Sprints: Fastest Way to Test-Drive Agile


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Spreadsheet Sprints: Fastest Way to Test-Drive Agile

Spreadsheet sprinting is an easy and cost-effective way to get started with Agile.  Too often, Agile adoption involves learning new terminology, tools and methods.  Spreadsheet sprinting bypasses the learning curve and enables immediate focus on priorities, goals and tasks. In

Ditch the slides and use placemats instead


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Ditch the slides and use placemats instead

When you present slides in meetings, you know it’s difficult to keep audiences engaged and happy. Not surprising because slide presentations are structured, sequential and always stretch at least 30 minutes. Stakeholders are overbooked, rushed and stressed. People want immediate

Leveraging Swimlanes to reach the Next Key Stage


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Leveraging Swimlanes to reach the Next Key Stage

Swimlanes provide a good model for focusing efforts in groups trying to reach the Next Key Stage.  In my work with startup ventures, I encourage management teams to develop a list of swimlanes.  Each swimlane encapsulates effort for driving to

MVP Spreadsheet: Easy Tool for Gliding into Agile


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MVP Spreadsheet: Easy Tool for Gliding into Agile

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a key ingredient of Agile. MVP is a product with just enough features to satisfy early customers, and to provide feedback for future product development.  Teams can easily sprint with an MVP Spreadsheet using familiar tools

I still like the truth. Post-truth is not for me.


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I still like the truth. Post-truth is not for me.

The Oxford Dictionaries “word of the year” is post-truth.  Irritating.  This is a gift from Donald Trump who ran a post-truth campaign, but the origin goes back further.  George W. Bush was known to repeat incorrect statements until they were perceived