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Start With Why

Start With Why

John Clifford
Construx Senior Fellow

It’s very typical for Construx to get an inquiry from a prospective customer on whether we can help them with their Agile adoptions, whether in the planning stage or in-progress. […]

Estimation Types

Estimation Types

When I get asked for an estimate, my first response is not a cost, a date, or a functionality number. It is not even #NoEstimates. My first response is a question: “What type of ‘estimate’ do you want?”

What I need to know is what will the questioner do with my estimate. I usually see […]

Chickens and Pigs Revisited

Chickens and Pigs Revisited

There’s been a lot of discussion on the subject of ‘chickens and pigs’ and commitment in Scrum, whether the Scrum community has a generally-agreed definition of commitment, and whether commitment is useful.

First, let’s talk about the definition of commitment, certainly a loaded word and one that is used improperly in most organizations. […]

Understanding Software Projects Lecture Series

Understanding Software Projects Lecture Series

Check out my new lecture series, “Understanding Software Projects.” In this lecture series, I explain The Four Factors Lifecycle Model and how understanding that model means understanding virtually every significant aspect of software project dynamics. Current lectures are always free. Check it out at Construx OnDemand.

Here’s a longer […]

Performance Appraisals in an Agile Organization

Performance Appraisals in an Agile Organization

Performance appraisals are a part of life in nearly every organization, and yet no one likes them1. Bad performance appraisal processes can seriously harm your organization’s ability to recruit and maintain talent. Individuals being reviewed worry about whether their contributions will be recognized, and the impact a questionable […]

Productivity Variations Among Software Developers and Teams The Origin of 10x

Some blog readers have asked for more background on where the “10x” name of this blog came from. The gist of the name is that researchers have found 10-fold differences in productivity and quality between different programmers with the same levels of experience and also between different teams working within the same industries.

Individual Productivity Variation […]