The Release Paradox: releasing less often makes your teams slower and decreases quality

Herman is a typical agile coach. He works with teams to help them learn how to deliver high-quality software quickly. Many teams want to focus on design, architecture, or (sometimes) even on business value. But they are usually not in a hurry to release quickly. Recently Herman conveyed a story to me that illustrates how …

SWAT Team, a Pattern for Overloaded, Multi-project Organizations

We all have seen it in our projects. Some teams are overloaded and can’t deliver what we need while others are not so busy and could even tackle more work if there was a need for that. This type of partial overloading is easily understood if we picture the work flow as a network of …