Shape Up - Importance of Small Teams

I think small teams are an underemphasized key element of the Shape Up approach to project management.

November 30, 2023 · 3 min

Pitches Separate Concerns For Cross-level Coordination

Shape Up’s pitches reduce the distance between managers and implementers while actually giving both sides more control over what’s most important to them.

November 24, 2023 · 7 min

Kinds of Concreteness in Work Specification

Shape up suggests too much concreteness is harmful in work specifications. I think the issue may be kind, not degree, of concreteness.

November 17, 2023 · 5 min

Appetite - Flipping the estimation game

Appetite, how hungry you are. Now repurposed as a useful project management term for how time the team wants to invest.

November 9, 2023 · 2 min

Educational Methods to SWEBOK Knowledge Areas Matrix

I wasn’t familiar with all educational methods highlighted in this SWEBOK v4 update article. So, here I’ll explore them and visualize their recommended connection to software knowledge areas.

November 2, 2023 · 4 min

Reading Review - SWEBOK 4 and Engineering Training

The Software Engineering Body of Knowledge V4 is due to land in 2023. Here’s some quick thoughts on an article summarizing the V4 updates and their impact on education.

October 26, 2023 · 2 min

Picard-style Conflict Resolution

I previously wrote about Picard-style leadership, where the captain provides no answers and instead creates an empowered team through questions. Now I realize the same principle applies to conflict resolution.

October 20, 2023 · 3 min and Consumer-Driven Contracts claims that it can fully replace End-to-End testing. I’m not so sure about that, but it’s an intersting tool!

October 12, 2023 · 3 min

Event Storming Interaction-heavy Flows

Event storming for UI-focused flows was a bit confusing at first, but the right questions can lead to great insights.

October 5, 2023 · 5 min


Ever consider making a pull request to someones pull request? Sounds a bit odd, but I’ve found it smooths collaboration and increases learning opportunities.

September 29, 2023 · 2 min