Why a Forecast is SO MUCH BETTER Than a Commitment

Why a Forecast is SO MUCH BETTER Than a Commitment

About Jim Schiel

Jim is an accomplished author and former manager at Siemens Medical Solutions. Jim's career highlights include managing various development teams ranging in size from 5 to 155 developers, instituting iterative project management processes, and improving product quality, development performance, and customer satisfaction. He's been coached by many thought leaders in the Agile space, including Bob Martin, Jim Grenning, Mike Cohn, Ken Schwaber, and Esther Derby. He started Artisan Agility in 2009, and is the author of "Enterprise Scale Agile Software Development" (published in 2009), and "The ScrumMaster Study Guide" (published in 2011).

A “Reality Framework” for Metrics

Thanks to 20th century management theory, the world is filled with metrics and measures that are questionable. Many are useless. For example, a commonly used but effectively useless metric for knowledge creation workers (like those in IT, marketing, and other creative careers): utilization. Utilization is a metric that was meant to measure the percentage

By |2021-08-27T14:35:38-07:00August 24th, 2021|Categories: Agile Metrics, Best Practices|

Evaluating the Performance of a Scrum Master

Measuring the performance of an employee is never easy to do. It’s made much more difficult when we have a hard time understanding exactly what a person is supposed to be doing. In this blog post, we’ll clear up all of your questions about Scrum Masters, their accountabilities, and how

By |2022-01-14T11:21:55-08:00August 23rd, 2021|Categories: Agile Metrics, Best Practices, Fundamentals, Leadership, Scrum Roles, ScrumMaster|Tags: |

Three Important Lessons for the Entrepreneur

Let's be clear from the very beginning - starting a new business is scary. The unending lists of things you have to worry about - visioning, messaging, marketing, product and service development, infrastructure - even if you don't do it all yourself, it can be incredibly overwhelming! However, it's also amazingly liberating. Take it from

By |2021-08-13T13:08:13-07:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: Leadership|Tags: |

Scrum for Support Teams

Scrum is the most used Agile framework, yet many still aren't quite sure how to make Scrum work best in a support environment. Let's dive into this topic!

By |2021-06-02T23:17:02-07:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: Best Practices|

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