Feature Driven Development (FDD) is one the founding Agile methodologies. FDD is proven in practice and came from many years of successful project delivery. It strongly emphasises the four Agile value statements even though it predates them. What sets FDD apart is that it is not just programmer oriented. The role of the Project Manager and the role of Chief Programmer are first class all the way through the software development lifecycle. So is the client (customer) as FDD projects are tracked and reported in terms of client-valued features. The features list is itself an expression of the functional requirements and this structure represents ever increasing value to the client.
FDD directly helps a Project Manager answer the questions "How far along are we?" and "How far is there left to go?" It helps programmers by giving them simple and clear guidance on what to do and when, and how that will relate to progress and value to the client.
To this day, FDD tracks better and more meaningfully for line of business corporate development than other Agile methods.View project
I've done many speaking, teaching, and consulting engagements but what I really like doing is transforming people and organisations. I primarily do that through running software development projects. There's a lot to dislike about Corporate I.T. but being able to bring a team together and to show them better ways to do things, and to then sit back and guide and watch as they grow is very satisfying. It's what keeps me doing this.
I am not a great painter. I have no great paintings to show off. In 2009 I signed up for a twelve week oil painting class at RISD. I was completely overwhelmed. I did not even know how to put paint on a palette, let alone do something with it. But, I persevered. After two weeks, I told the instructor I felt I'd learn more if I stopped flailing around with the tools and just observed others painting. The next lesson he started a painting for about half an hour while we all watched. It was just the jump start needed. Later in the course, I almost gave up. It was so hard. But I stuck with it and I got an A for the class. I was also able to relate and improve my experience with inspections and walkthroughs from the "critique" process heavily used by RISD. I learned many lessons from being a novice in another field.
After Larry signed my guitar, he stopped to tell the crowd a story about a kid who brought a guitar to Les Paul himself to sign. So, this kid brings up a guitar for Les to sign and it’s not even a Gibson. Anyway, the kid says to Les "Will you sign this please? Sorry, it’s not a Les Paul." So, Les grabs a sharpie and signs it and says "Now it is."
When the best leader leads, the people say "We did it ourselves." Lao Tzu
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea… Antoine de Saint Exupery
You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance — you don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and continues to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go. Daniell Koepke
The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say "if you take care of me, I will take care of you." Now I say "I will take care of me for you, if you take care of you for me." Jim Rohn