Backlog Refinement – It’s Exploration, not Negotiation

Establishing closer relationships between the business people and developers is a central principle of agile processes. At the heart of this relationship is the Product Owner role, which carries the responsibility for establishing a bridge between both groups.

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DevOps – How Do I Explain This to the Business?

As we’re growing our development team in InvoiceFair I’ve gone through a process of budget approval for hiring people. The process is pretty lightweight, but in an effort to be as thorough as possible, I put together an org chart, some lightweight role descriptions and so on.

To be honest it was all going well, until we got to the DevOps role…

What is this thing? What’s it going to do for us and most importantly, do we need it right now?

Hmmm. Good questions.

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Team Identity (and why you want to build one)

When I find myself putting a new team or department together, one of the first areas I pay attention to is identity as, in my experience, it can be one of the most powerful motivators for any group of people.

As we start to build our our technical team here in InvoiceFair, team identity has come to the forefront of my mind.

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