Episode 270: Late Software with guest Don Shafer

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Agile methods. Aggressive Scrums. Clear deadlines. And the software is still late. What does it mean? What causes projects to overrun their deadlines? How can we avoid such problems. This week “How We Manage Stuff” talks with Don Shafer about how to manage software deadlines while Anna the Intern tries to keep the office on schedule with Pinterest.

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Episode 260: What you see is what you get

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It’s an old truism, old, that is, for the high tech world. Our development teams look like our software architectures. What does this mean for us and our work? What is the Agile response to this idea? The general approach by Agile promotes self-organization but this may not always be the best idea.

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Episode 250: Eye on the Goal

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Agile is not only supposed to be fast, it is supposed to follow the ideas of the users and yet, those users can change their ideas. This episodes deals with how we can design a good product when the goals for that product may not be fixed.

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Episode 240: How Fast is Fast Enough?

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It’s supposed to be fast. At least, we are supposed to think of Agile methods as fast. A new build every week, every day, every hour (if possible). But speed is more a tool than than an end. Furthermore, how you use the speed depends on what you are trying to achieve.

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Episode 230: Bringing an End to the Revolution

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The revolution is upon us, or so we have always claimed. “You can change the world,” Steve Jobs allegedly told prospective CEO John Sculley, “or you can just go back to selling sugar water.” A lot of things that we think are revolutionary may be a little less disruptive when you get below the surface. So David and Tamara take us to the revolutionary side of Agile methods.

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Episode 220: What’s New About Agile

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What is new to Agile Development. Much and little. We return to Silicon Valley’s Lillian M. Gilbreth Preschool for the Young Innovative Entrepreneur to learn a little more about the nature of how we manage software and handle projects. tamara also gives us a little strength training to get to the root of the issue.

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Episode 210: Agile Methods: What is in a Name

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What does it mean to be Agile? Why is it good? And why might we think that there is a Pre-School in Silicon Valley entirely devoted to disruptive innovation? David Alan Grier and Tamara Carleton start their fall podcast season by attempting to make sense of a current trend in technology & management.

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