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Faster Faster Faster

I was listening to someone talking about being agile and lean in software development. The conversation was very interesting, but there was an underlying theme of urgency and efficiency that I found troubling. There is nothing wrong with delivering quickly, but we should never forget that “you can only go fast if you go right” […]

Decision Making Classifications

The pyramid of good organisational decision making is quite well known these days, as is the inverted-pyramid of command and control organisations. However, it is an interesting exploration to attempt to categorise the rough stages that you will find along the scale from “inverted” to “righted”. Some organisations don’t make it all the way. Decision […]

Work Prioritisation vs Stack Ranking

Why is it that modern software development processes prefer stack ranking over priorisation? There is a simple answer – and isn’t (just) the simplistic “everything will be raised as a Priority 1” that you usually hear. The fact is, there will be multiple Priority 1 (P1) items – and without stack ranking these, implicit decisions […]

Sources of Risk

In software development, there is a simplistic model that says that risk is a function of time, or money. Lots of graphs have been published to show that as the duration of a project increases, so does the risk… or as the cost of the project increases the risk goes up. Of course, in many […]

Introduction to Aspects

Aspects are a mixture of management theory, software craftsmanship, communities of practice, apprenticeships, and the software foreman model. The essence of management is that it is based on fundamental assumptions about human behaviour. Douglas McGregor highlighted two of the most prominent assumptions back in the mid twentieth century and they still prevail today (Douglas McGregor, […]