Category Archives: From the Trenches

Planning Sucks

A friend told me about a company the worked at: Their planning cycle was 2 years long, ┬ámeaning that the moment work was started, it was already obsolete…

Here is the reality plain and simple:


A little planning, enough to get you started, has some value. Mapping out the future equals failure.

Having an inspiring vision of the product that leads people to do the right thing, now that is valuable…

by Michael Badali

Metrics are dangerous

I have seen things go terribly wrong from unintended but logical results of KPI, bonus conditions et al.

I recall having a very difficult time with a team lead who fought everything Agile tooth and nail. Finally one day the truth came out: He told me that his annual bonus required him to do the opposite of everything I was suggesting and there was no @#$%^ way he was going to give the money up.

Be careful what you ask for, you might get it!

by Michael Badali