The Disembodied Bird

Oct 12, 2017 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments

We were only half-way through our second song when a middle finger jutted into the spotlight in front of my brother Bob, our lead singer. The disembodied bird was raised high, waving back and forth like an angry fuel gauge. If you’ve never played in a band, from the stage, you might be surprised to […]

Inside the Bubble

Dec 12, 2016 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Business 0 comments

We’re all pretty much living in ‘The Bubble.’ Like the recent SNL skit called it, we’ve designed “a planned community of like-minded free thinkers, and no one else” for ourselves. We hang out with friends who agree with us (the definition of a friend), block cranky commenters (and bad grammarians), and unfollow (but stay friends) […]

We Built This Annuity. Now Admit It.

Sep 21, 2016 by Barc Category: Leadership, Management 0 comments Tags: teams

Nobody wants to imagine the fruits of their labor dying on the vine or being savaged by the connoisseurs, even if financially successful.

Tend Your Garden First

Aug 30, 2016 by Barc Category: Agile, Development 0 comments Tags: concept creation

Sometimes the best answer is not improving the existing service or product, but chucking it for something new.

Setting CLEAR Agile Goals

CLEAR goals encourage executives to work together with the development team to set the stage for successful large Agile projects.

5 Steps to CLEAR Agile Goal Setting

Jul 23, 2016 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Leadership 0 comments

After determining a company’s quarterly business goals, then the products and services that will support them, executives and managers often don’t take the next step of collaborating with the folks on the ground before considering the goals complete

Inception: Choosing Your Leadership Team

Jul 10, 2016 by Barc Category: Agile, Agile Executive, Leadership, Scrum 0 comments

Large Agile projects need a dedicated leadership team that has a common vision, yet is collaborative and open to new ideas. This video describes a few attributes of a good leadership team when starting a large agile project.

Do Open Office Designs Miss the Point?

Jul 10, 2016 by Barc Category: Uncategorized 0 comments

I'm beginning to think the trend to ‘modern’ (read ‘exposed ductwork’) open office designs supports executive and architect’s egos more than real creativity and collaboration.

Status Reporting

Jun 01, 2016 by Barc Category: Agile, Management 0 comments Tags: status reporting

Boy, I wish we could get rid of status reports all together--especially the awful 'red/yellow/green' reports, which are pure fiction. Here's a few recommendations on how to deliver useful status reports to your executives (even if you have to include a color).

Scrum of Scrums Facilitator

May 26, 2016 by Barc Category: Agile, Management, Scrum, Uncategorized 0 comments

Sometimes, having a facilitator, especially for young teams, makes sense. This video provides a few recommendations for the attributes of a good Scrum of Scrums facilitator.