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Local Search

Sep 09, 2013 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

Still feels like local search is as dis-aggregated as web search was in the early 90s. The fact I can easily find out what online stores sells a specific hammer (and for how much) but can’t search for which bakeries on my street sell cinnamon buns is weird. Seems like a business ready for innovation. […]

Agile Estimation

Aug 30, 2013 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

http://www.infoq.com/articles/agile-estimation-techniques The above article is a good overview of the Agile Estimation process. I would disagree on one important point, however. And it’s a point most agilists would disagree with me on: I believe the ‘planning poker’ approach to estimating works best in the early inception phases of a project, and again for release planning. […]

Easy 3-Page Scope Roadmap

Aug 27, 2013 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

Here’s one simple way of showing a scope or product roadmap to your partners and clients. I’ve found partners can absorb it quickly, get excited about it, and understand the hard work that’ll need to happen first before it can be fully realized. Thanks to Lu Lacourte and the team at Cibo to introducing me to this useful […]

Check, Checkpoint

Aug 23, 2013 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

I was on a short project recently that had to move quickly, so early on, we decided to whiteboard out our activities for the day at 9am, then checkpoint on our progress for ten minutes at noon, then again 5 pm. Guess what happened? When noon and 5 rolled around each day, one group or […]

The Mobile Army

Aug 13, 2013 by Barc Category: Agile, Blog 0 comments

Nietzsche (1844-1900) said ‘truth is a mobile army of metaphors’. He said a lot of other things, of course, not worth mentioning here. But it’s that one quote that came most often to mind during my visit to the Agile Alliance 2013 in Nashville recently. From session to session, lunch conversation to bar stool banter, the […]

The New Pseudo Science

Aug 02, 2013 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

The Viennese philosopher Karl Popper (1902-1994) is remembered for calling Marx and Freud to the carpet for what he called ‘pseudo science’, criticizing their theories for avoiding ‘falsification’ or testing that would render them incorrect. Popper felt ‘real science’, on the other hand, was always open to falsification. For example, Einstein was open to being […]

Pascal’s Wager

Jul 22, 2013 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

Whether or not to profess allegiance to Agile is a bit like Pascal’s Wager (Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662). Since objective proof is as hard to come by for Agile as it is for God, you’re ultimately better off saying you believe than stating otherwise. The analysis looks a bit like this: You can see the benefit […]

Noticing Growth

Jun 20, 2013 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

If everything in the universe were expanding (let’s say over night, even atoms grow to the size of golf balls), how will you know you are bigger tomorrow than you are are today? It’ll be hard to measure because your ruler will also be bigger. The same is true for agencies. They get bigger than […]

The Cassandra Thrill

Jun 29, 2012 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][A] bit of career advice: Every day, try to find a little bit of sky that could fall on your project. Then tell your boss about it. You might think your job was to methodically think through a plan and deliver on it. You might even think you get rewarded for delivering on-time and on-budget, growing leaders, and helping your folks maintain a work-life balance. Wrong. Delivering the above are table stakes. Expected. [tweet_box design="box_07" float="none"]No matter how remote the risk, bosses will love you for pointing them out.[/tweet_box] What matters most, especially to executives, is worse case. They/We love Cassandras who foresee land mines, snakes in the grass, and train wrecks. No matter how remote the risk, bosses will love you for pointing them out. Of course, you have to then own the risk and make every effort to avoid it. If you do, tomorrow, you'll have to find another snake.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pick it and Kick It

Jun 20, 2012 by Barc Category: Blog, Uncategorized 0 comments

If you can be enthusiastic about something, over time, you can be successful at the thing you’re enthusiastic about. Of course, you have to extend your enthusiasm longer for brain surgery than you do for basket weaving to be competent, but you need it for both to be any good. Success is a a heck […]

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