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Measuring Scrum team productivity/speed with Function Point Analysis alvin February 17, 2019 - 7:47pm

I bought my first copy of Agile Software Development with Scrum, by Schwarber and Beedle back around 2002, I think. I was just thumbing through it last night when I saw that they use Function Points as a metric to demonstrate the velocity that agile software teams achieve, and more specifically use it to show that some teams develop software much faster using Scrum.

I didn’t know about Function Point Analysis back in 2002 — I didn’t become a Certified Function Point Specialist until about two years later — so I probably just skimmed over that line then, but when I saw it last night I thought it was cool that they used function points as a metric for software team development speed.

Better off being single ...

Here's a brief message for married people stuck in lousy marriages. One thing I learned about marriage is that it’s about teamwork, and if one partner isn’t part of that team — or doesn’t appreciate the other person — it’s no marriage at all, it’s just two people sharing bank accounts and living quarters. I strongly believe that a marriage partner should be someone who builds you up, not one who tears you down.

(I was reminded of that when I saw this image on Facebook today.)

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Career lessons from “Project Runway”

“It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes,
and an even wiser man to learn from others.”

Zen proverb

When I returned from Alaska in 2008, I lived with a friend for a little while, and she made me watch a TV show named Project Runway. She didn’t really have to try too hard; I watched one episode with her, and I was hooked.

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

It takes a team

“Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence,
and are nothing in themselves.”

Nagarjuna

I mentioned earlier that when you’re building a business, you should hire well, and this is true across every aspect of your business. A “secret” that I stumbled onto when I started Mission Data is that you have to be strong everywhere: Marketing, sales, accounting, the service you provide, and you even need to have a good lawyer.

Balancing development desire with product goals

This oreilly.com article about balancing quality and product features (from the perspective of a CTO/CIO) is a good read. The editor’s note states, “This is part of a series exploring the trials and tribulations of first-time managers. Camille Fournier, former CTO at Rent the Runway, is often asked for advice on how to make the transition from an individual contributor to a manager.”

DeMarcus Ware seems like a great teammate

If I have any regrets about my short-lived baseball career, it’s that (a) I didn’t take care of my body, and (b) I wasn’t a very good teammate. Regarding the second point, I was pretty shy and reserved at that time, and my dad had kind of programmed me that everyone was the enemy, including my own teammates. (In essence he had me programmed to think I was competing against them. As just one example, during batting practice I would pitch to their weaknesses, without telling them or my coach that I was doing that.) Today I know I would be a much better teammate. And it looks like DeMarcus Ware of the Denver Broncos is the kind of teammate I think I would be today. Image from the Denver Post.