Reviewing Scrumban the Book

I’ve been reading a bunch of kanban and lean books recently as I work on my Pluralsight course on Introducing Kanban. The most recent one I’ve finished is Scrumban, Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development, by Corey Ladas (I’m doing the reviews in LIFO order). I made a bunch of notes while reading […]

Asus Zen Ultrabook One Month Later

I wrote a few weeks ago about my new Asus Zen Ultrabook computer. I’ve been using it as my primary laptop computer since then, and thought I’d write up a follow-up on how it’s been. Overall, I’m quite pleased with it. The performance is great, the battery life is quite good, and the instant on/off […]

Excel Cumulative Flow Diagram

I’m working on a Kanban Fundamentals course that should go live soon on Pluralsight. One of the topics I’m touching on is Cumulative Flow Diagrams, and how these can be used to analyze flow of a process. Some electronic kanban tools like AgileZen have some built-in support for CFD-style reports, but for instructional purposes it’s […]

Fixing Floating Rectangles in ASP.NET StackedBar Chart

In working on a client’s reporting system, I ran across some StackedBar charts that were using the System.Web.DataVisualization.Chart control that were having some problems. The biggest one was that the rendered bars had gaps and floating rectangles in it. This turned out to take about an hour to solve, using my best Google-fu, so I’m […]

Team Workspace Reflections

We’ve been fans of team rooms and collaborative work environments at NimblePros for some time. In building out our new building, we took care to create several large open spaces to be used as team rooms, with plenty of room in the middle for workstations (configured for pair programming) and lots of open wall space […]

Laptop Rebuild – Essential Apps

When we last saw our hero, he had fallen victim to an evil plot to disable his computer’s ability to boot up. After great efforts at recovery, eventually he was forced to concede defeat to Vista and reinstall everything from scratch. Let’s return now to see what’s in store in the next chapter of our […]

Stories Too Big – Vertical Slices

I have a client who lists as one of the key challenges with implementing agile practices with their teams as managing to define user stories that are valuable but not too big. This is actually a very common challenge, and one that we run into frequently ourselves at Lake Quincy Media and with other clients […]

XBox 360 – Home Media Center

Recently I picked up an HP MediaSmart EX470 Windows Home Server to help consolidate my files at home and to provide a simple backup solution. It’s been great and it’s an extremely economical way to get backups. You can hook it up with Amazon S3 using JungleDisk and get simple offsite backup of the files […]