#1 Managers must be signal pickers!
What differentiates a good manager from a great one is their ability to identify trends from measurements. A good manager takes measurements and works on fixing them. A great manager uses the measurements and trends to understand the root issues and eliminates them.
Credit: Mike Griffiths, PMI-ACP Exam Prep
#1 Project Buffers
Agile Projects generally deal with three types of buffers – Feature, Schedule, and Budget
Feature buffer refers to identifying the features from the backlog based on their priority. Features are categorized into various buckets, – usually, Must have, Should have, Would have. Commitment is made for “Must have” and the others are accommodated based on the possibility.
Schedule buffer refers to adding a cushion on the story estimates. It is a good practice to add the cushion to complete estimate, not to individual stories. One common approach is to create two estimates of a story – 50% (pessimistic) and 90% (optimistic) and take the square root of the sum of the squares.
Budget buffer is the simplest way to have additional resources on standby to support delays or take up more work if possible.
Credit: Mike Cohn, Agile Estimating and Planning
#1 Splitting Stories and Slicing a Cake
When splitting User Stories, think of slicing a cake. What would you prefer? Cutting it layer-by-layer or slicing a piece across all layers? It is useful to implement a story that delivers a functionality that spans all layers rather than an unusable complete layer.
Credit: Mike Cohn, User Stories Applied