Agile Thinking: Lisa’s Blog

  • Year End Status

    Year End Status

    It’s the end of your year and you have to write up your project status. How’s it going? Have there been struggles and obstacles? Are you wondering if there’s a better way to run your projects? Maybe you’ve heard about Agile and Scrum but are unsure whether these approaches will work for you. Maybe your…

  • How much will it cost?

    How much will it cost?

    💲 How much will this cost? Your great idea runs up against this hurdle right away. Your instinct tells you it’s a great project. How do you answer this question? Turn the question around. 💥 If the project is successful, what is that worth? Early on, it’s impossible to know what a project will cost,…

  • Roughly Right or Precisely Wrong?

    Roughly Right or Precisely Wrong?

    Are you terrified when someone asks “When will this be done?” Whether you’re being asked about a project or a task, it’s often hard to answer this question. Here’s what I know. 🏁 The best way to figure out how long a task will take is to do the work It’s often better not to…

  • Are you a Planner or a Pantser

    Are you a Planner or a Pantser

    Are you a Planner or a Pantser? And what does this mean about your options for doing projects in your organization? Planner vs. Pantser is a distinction made when folks talk about National Novel Writing Month — taking place now in November. 📖 Planners plot out their novels in advance and write within their outline.…

  • Agile for Entrepreneurs

    I had the chance to work with a group of entrepreneurs recently. My workshop goal was to give them good project management tools in under 2 hours. It worked! One student said, “I could feel my brain learning.” 💥 For an entrepreneur, most projects have a lot of uncertainty. Creating new products, setting prices, and…

  • Explain Agile Like I’m 5

    Explain Agile Like I’m 5

    Hey, are your projects going the way you want? Have you heard the words “Agile” and “Scrum” and wondered what they mean and whether this project management style can help you and your teams? 🎈 Imagine your mom wants you to clean your room. You could just move everything on the floor to under your…

  • 7 Business Books

    7 books that have influenced me When it comes to expanding our knowledge and skills in the business world, books provide a wealth of valuable insights. As a passionate reader and lifelong learner, I’ve discovered several remarkable titles that have had a profound impact on my understanding of Agile, project management, and decision-making. In this…

  • Thinking About Story Points

    Another way to think of points is to realize that we mostly use them in order to get the right number of Stories into a Sprint. Each team is going to assign Story Points uniquely. It’s a language that the team develops. When we’re a new team, we have no idea how many Stories/Points we…

  • Are You a Smart Sponsor?

    Are you a Project Sponsor? Yes, if you launch projects and are accountable for their success. Some clues that you might not be a Smart Sponsor: You wonder why your department’s projects don’t finish on time … or ever … even though everyone is working hard You suspect your department has too many projects You’ve…

  • “Problem” Team Members

    One of my office neighbors asked me about how I handle “problem” team members. His examples were: the team member who doesn’t provide good estimates the team member who doesn’t stop talking in meetings In each case, and I argue, in most cases, there are no problem team members. I firmly believe that most people…

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