Pandemic burnout is real. The impact of an always-on remote work life is taking its toll — especially on mothers. This essay discusses three simple but effective strategies for addressing pandemic burnout in Agile teams.
We recently published a piece describing why we think Relative Estimation is a more effective alternative to Planning Poker. In this article, Principal Consultant Joel Bancroft-Connors explains how our recommended alternative, Team Estimation, works.
Agile adoption is serious business. However, most organizations don’t put serious time into training their teams to be successful in this new way of working. In this article, we summarize lessons learned from coaching dozens of organizations through the process.
At Applied Frameworks, we have come to believe that most organizations need a small number of living documents to manage their products and services. We believe in minimal process, brief artifacts, and simple templates and tools. We focus on techniques that work in practice, not just in theory. We design our workshops to get your team on the same page with a common vocabulary and a ready-to-use set of tools. We provide foundational knowledge to ... Read more >
This is one of my all-time favorite techniques to quickly arrive at consensus for Agile Teams. I use Roman Voting ALL the time because is fast, it is easy and it is fun. I have even had people tell me that the Roman Voting technique was the most memorable and useful thing they have learned from my classes. I would often explain that this technique was how the fate of gladiators was decided in Ancient Rome which ... Read more >
Stop doing things that demotivate people! Seriously...there are a lot of silly things that people are expected to endure in big companies that are severely demotivating. Almost all of Peopleware is spent identifying how common practices in software management demotivates people. If it is within your power to stop these demoralizing practices, do it. If you cannot, then find ways to subvert them so they do not impact the Team's motivation. Doing that is called ... Read more >