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The Red Bin a New Information Radiator
In this post I introduce an information radiator called the "Red Bin", which was born out of necessity and has proven very useful to my team. I discuss why we created the Red Bin, how to use it and what problem it solved. What is an Information Radiator? Before I dive into describing anything new it is worth establishing what an information radiator is. The term was coined by Alistair Cockburn in 2000 and in his words "An Information radiator is a display posted in a place where people can see it ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:24 PM

Keep Your Board Real
The physical task board has become very popular in software development recently. It is an extremely useful tool that helps a team communicate the reality of the work happening within the team. This is helpful to everyone involved, managers, stake holders and even individual team members. The more aware everyone is of what is going on, the shorter the feedback loop, the quicker and more accurately action can be taken, be it helping out a team member who is struggling with a task, solving an issue ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:01 AM

A Great Way to Start a Software Project
I've started a lot of software projects in my career, so I didn't expect any surprises when I was involved in a new project at my new job (http://www.chillisoft.co.za). The existence of this blog post is a testament to how wrong I was. We went through a process that I've never experienced before. I found it very valuable so I thought I would share. The Process Hold a workshop with the team that is going to do the development. Discuss a set of key points, write the results on big pieces of paper then ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 4:33 PM

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