Reading Your Poem;

Sweet green smell of forest
Filling up the room
Bright lights sparkle shining
Pass away the gloom

All is lit all is light this night
All is lit all is light tonight

But then again again again
This sparkle firry star
My favourite firry star

It falls again again again

This time I caught my falling star

Rest in peace Stip. Thank you for being my friend.

The correct answer to the question is

No, not 42. That would be the answer to the ultimate question of life, the Universe, and everything.

Worthwhile projects involves risks, they should. Risk-free projects are doubtful; you can question their value proposition. There must be a reason why they weren’t done long ago. Risks can materialize into problems. And some problems do have the potential (yes they do!) to let the project fail big time.

That raises the following question: when do you want to know your project is heading for trouble?

The only correct answer to the question is: as soon as possible. Duh! So why do so many projects fail at the end? #designyourproject2succeed, #feedbackloop

Watch your language Agile

The best strategy to deliver software I know is incremental delivery. With incremental delivery I mean working feature by feature, based on a prioritized list, reducing risks, if there are losses take them early, high involvement of customers that sort of things. Yes I confess, prefer working in an Agile mindset.

I have read many (war)stories on why adoption Agile/Scrum can be difficult. Virginia Satir once said that people tend to choose familiarity over comfort. Well there is a lot of wisdom in that quote. I like to share an additional reason why I think the change/transition to Agile/Scrum can be difficult. It has to do with language.

Agile/Scrum uses words like planning poker, sprints, scrum (master), story points, chickens and pigs. Yes chickens and pigs….

On wiki the metaphor is explained;  “The fable of the Chicken and the Pig is used to illustrate the differing levels of project stakeholders involved in a project. The basic fable runs; A Pig and a Chicken are walking down the road. The Chicken says: Hey Pig, I was thinking we should open a restaurant! Pig replies: Hm, maybe, what would we call it? The Chicken responds: How about ‘ham-n-eggs’? The Pig thinks for a moment and says: No thanks. I’d be committed, but you’d only be involved!

For a Scrum project, Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Team are considered as people who are committed to the project while customers and executive management are considered as involved but not committed to the project.”

Okay I know it’s a metaphor but come on! Naming your customer and executive management chickens? If someone talks about a sprint, I think of Usain Bolt. But that’s not what a sprint means in Agile’s dictionairy. A sprint is a timeboxed effort, it is restricted to a specific duration, not how fast team members work. And what about the term Planning Poker? We are working here, not gambling at a casino.

There is a common known problem with language; Ambiguity.