agile

Moving to a Startup: The Changing Role of Dev Manager

Moving from the corporate world to a startup can be an exciting and rewarding experience. As a technical leader, there is a lot to adjust to in terms of what the new environment demands from the role. That said, there are a number of valuable lessons that can be applied from the corporate world. Having made the move recently myself, I was invited to discuss this on the latest episode of the Venturi’s Voice podcast. Recorded in November 2017. Thanks to Andy Davis and the team for having me on the show.

Agile Estimation For Distributed Teams

The scrum teams I currently work with use Planning Poker to estimate the size of user stories. This has proved to be an extremely useful activity, and we rely on it to plan work for upcoming sprints. In the past, we used special card decks for these games, which worked well when everyone was based in the same room. However, with team members now distributed across two continents, this quickly became less effective.