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Estimating Tasks, Activities, Projects

Software project planning and management depends on estimation. Understanding the time and effort for tasks and entire projects is an ongoing concern for development teams. Yet, many professionals struggle with this key aspect of working together and building software. Laurie Corkum gives the second part of her presentation on estimation ...

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Estimating Tasks, Activities, Projects

Software project planning and management depends on estimation. Understanding the time and effort for tasks and entire projects is an ongoing concern for development teams. Yet, many professionals struggle with this key aspect of working together and building software. Laurie Corkum gives the second part of her presentation on estimation practices. The presentation focuses on specific techniques for estimation of development tasks, activities, and projects. She discusses how developers actually arrive at an estimate and ...

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Estimating Tasks, Activities, Projects


Strategic Conversations

Our colleague Bruce Strong (with Mary Lee Kennedy) recently published an article on the effort to transform the New York Public Library for the digital age. How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library (Harvard Business Review, December 5 2016) described an initiative that engaged over 250 staff ...

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Our colleague Bruce Strong (with Mary Lee Kennedy) recently published an article on the effort to transform the New York Public Library for the digital age. How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library (Harvard Business Review, December 5 2016) described an initiative that engaged over 250 staff – nearly 10% of its organization – in a collaborative process to improve library services.

Their approach focused on the the creation of three 'communities ...

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Lean Assessment Process

'Lean' is a methodology that is focused on more effective processes for collaboration and decision-making. Thus, lean is a widely-applicable set of practices; and, can be applied to almost any problem domain. The approach originated in manufacturing and process engineering with minimizing inventory, rework, and other 'waste' in automated processes ...

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'Lean' is a methodology that is focused on more effective processes for collaboration and decision-making. Thus, lean is a widely-applicable set of practices; and, can be applied to almost any problem domain. The approach originated in manufacturing and process engineering with minimizing inventory, rework, and other 'waste' in automated processes. Lean was formulated by Toyota, as fundamental to the Toyota Production System. Yet, lean methodologies have been used for diverse activities such as strategic planning ...

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Episode I: The SCRUM Menace

In this Tech Talk, Huu Da talks about creating and maintaining a healthy work environment. He will discuss his experience working onsite with clients, and managing their teams effectively.

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Episode I: The SCRUM Menace

In this Tech Talk, Huu Da talks about creating and maintaining a healthy work environment. He will discuss his experience working onsite with clients, and managing their teams effectively.

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Episode I: The SCRUM Menace


Sprints - One, Two, or Three Weeks?

Agile development organizations will typically use sprints that are one, two, or three weeks in duration. In our experience at Quoin, the optimal duration of a sprint depends on the organization, team, and type of project. We have worked with clients that have successfully used each of these variations, and ...

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Agile development organizations will typically use sprints that are one, two, or three weeks in duration. In our experience at Quoin, the optimal duration of a sprint depends on the organization, team, and type of project. We have worked with clients that have successfully used each of these variations, and wanted to share a few guidelines on how to select the right sprint duration.

First, we should dispense with the notion of four week or ...

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Recent Articles on Agile Development

Quoin has a long history of applying agile development practices on client projects. Many of these practices simply seemed like the right approach for a challenging project and pre-dated the broader interest in agile methodologies. For example, we had started development of a 'Content Delivery Engine' for WashingtonPost.com, and ...

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Quoin has a long history of applying agile development practices on client projects. Many of these practices simply seemed like the right approach for a challenging project and pre-dated the broader interest in agile methodologies. For example, we had started development of a 'Content Delivery Engine' for WashingtonPost.com, and our team was faced with a complex engineering effort and ambitious six-month timeline for delivery. Our response was to create a dedicated workspace for the ...

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What is a Good Standup?

Anyone who has used the Agile methodology knows the term "Standup" otherwise known as the Daily Scrum.  It’s the opportunity for everyone working on the project to provide an update on their progress and plans and reinforces one of the keys to successfully implementing Agile: discussion over documentation.  ...

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Anyone who has used the Agile methodology knows the term "Standup" otherwise known as the Daily Scrum.  It’s the opportunity for everyone working on the project to provide an update on their progress and plans and reinforces one of the keys to successfully implementing Agile: discussion over documentation.  Ideally, everyone is in one place and the meeting is held with the participants standing up and huddled together – this is a short meeting ...

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