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How I went from Dev to VP of R&D in 25 months

July 23, 2020 • Dan Lines
Nadav Lev is far from your average VP of R&D His first “job” writing code was in the elite Israeli military intelligence agency Unit 8200.  Similar in function to the United States NSA, 8200 has been called  “the foremost technical intelligence agency in the world.”  Every Israeli serves in the military after high school. Only...

Kanban vs. Scrum: Which Is the Lesser of Two Evils?

July 23, 2020 • LinearB
Organizations that want to become agile or improve their agility often find themselves asking the question of which approach is better for their projects — Kanban or Scrum.  As frameworks, both Kanban and Scrum enable organizations to stick to agile principles and execute their projects effectively. While there are quite a few differences between the...

Do Daily Scrum Meetings Suck or Are We Just Doing Them Wrong?

July 23, 2020 • LinearB
Daily Scrum Meetings — Why They Suck and How We Can Reform Them Is Scrum, as a project management methodology, broken by default, or do we just suck at holding Scrum meetings? We’re leaning towards the latter. Scrum Isn’t Broken — You’re Just Doing It Wrong Image source: Barnes & Noble In all honesty, we...

Run your best retro ever with LinearB

July 18, 2020 • LinearB
You made it. Your iteration is over. Time for the retrospective meeting. LinearB can help make your retro meeting more data-driven, while ensuring the team covers the most important items from across the team, including even those that may be hesitate to announce their successes. Run data-driven retro **Note: This article focuses on how any...

Forks, New Sign-in Options, Outliers, and more: LinearB Release Notes

July 14, 2020 • LinearB
Miki, Zuki, Oriel and Ariel (yes, it’s a rule here that dev names have to rhyme) are so excited about the latest LinearB release they were at a loss for words.  Don’t worry… Boaz, our product lead, was not 🙂 6 New Features in LinearB  1) Full support for forking For companies using fork methodology,...

“Too many meetings”... a dev’s cry for help: 5 things team leads can do

July 8, 2020 • Dan Lines
Rule 4.1 of the developer constitution It’s the law. Software engineers have to hate meetings. If you’re caught enjoying yourself in a meeting you can get your dev card pulled. So be careful out there. And stay classy, San Diego. We’re bad at articulating the negative effects of meetings I knew right away as a...

Stand-Up 2.0: What do devs really want from the daily?

June 27, 2020 • Dan Lines
100+ people weighed in on the proposed framework for Stand-up 2.0. It's time to hear directly from developers what would make our daily meeting valuable for them.

Promoted from Dev to Team Lead: 8 Things They Didn’t Tell Me

June 19, 2020 • Dan Lines
When I was promoted to Dev Team Lead, I was in over my head. I learned quickly. Read the 8 things that I was someone had told me when I was promoted.

Software Metrics: A Guide for Modern Dev Leaders

June 17, 2020 • Dan Lines
Learn 17 software metrics that can help modern dev leaders accelerate delivery, improve culture, and translate dev activity to business value.

Stand-Up 2.0: It's Time to Ditch the Daily from 1993

June 12, 2020 • Dan Lines
The daily stand-up most dev teams run is from 1993. It's time to modernize the stand-up to focus on the issues that matter most for your dev team.

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