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  • Blog Post: The green February revolution

    I read this great article " the February Revolution " listing four things that tend to happen when great results are achieved. The thing that interested me the most was how similar at least three of the items were to how a successful military unit operates. People know why they are doing their...
  • Blog Post: Why have iterations?

    Almost two months ago Michael Feathers wrote a thing on zero length iterations . The post is very similar to the one that inspired me to write this but he also brings up an important point; the intention of iterations is to force a decision, force the team to make trade-offs and keep moving towards a...
  • Blog Post: Second Generation Lean Product Development

    I just finished a nice book on lean software development . I actually started to read it because one acquaintance of mine is quoted in the book. But it turned out to be a really good book covering economic aspects as well as the regular lean topics. A pleasant surprise was that the last chapter covers...
  • Blog Post: Military decision making

    So I have another comparison between the military and agile and in this case it's lean specifically. Lean prescribes making decisions as late as possible but sometimes it's hard to know when it's time to make a decision. In the military my last company commander taught me a rule he thought work well...
  • Blog Post: Pair programming in the army

    I've lately been thinking about more things that the military do that is either something agile teams typically do or something agile teams can learn from . So one thing I've been missing in my day to day work lately is how I, as a platoon commander, worked with my platoon sergeant (i.e. the person second...
  • Blog Post: Taskboards in virtual reality

    Jeff Sutherland tweeted about scrum boards in virtaul reality yesterday. An interesting idea in my opinion but I don't think it is for all teams. But it will defenitly work for some teams. It also reminds me of one thing I heard in the late 90's. The military experimented with virtual reality to have...
  • Blog Post: Positive reports

    Military combat is not the only military concept where software development can learn. One thing we used in my unit was "positive reporting". Positive reporting means that we should report in to our commander often and not only when things go wrong. This helps the commander knowing what's happening....
  • Blog Post: The army is agile!

    Up until recently I was a platoon commander in the Swedish national guard. Since all peace time activities in the Swedish national guard are based on work done voluntarily I applied a number of agile principles when running the platoon. I used a task board to visualize all activities needed to plan future...
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