MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center asked me to give an Agile Product Management workshop for their Hacking IAP course. The course is a special seminar in management they’re doing for MIT student entrepreneurs. It takes place over the IAP (January) term and is open to all MIT students that have startups already underway. The first week of […]
Maybe it’s all the time I spend with startups, but while I strongly value Scrum’s ideas behind self-organizing teams & continual feedback – I can’t help but feel Kanban represents the next level of agility, giving us more flexibility and capitalizing on the lessons we’ve learned from Lean. Scrum A lot of people tend to […]
Is Agile the same as Lean? When people say “agile” do they really mean Scrum? Or do people still use different types of agile – and if so, why? Been getting a lot of questions lately, so thought I’d take a stab at this… Lean Lean comes from Lean Manufacturing and is a set of […]
I read somewhere that a large number of software teams think they’re Agile because they do Daily Scrums. Now I don’t like to get religious, and I certainly don’t believe you have to follow some list of Ten Specific Practices to “Be Agile.” But I do think that sometimes companies get a little overly anxious […]
Mary Poppendieck tells this great story about when the manufacturing plant she worked for transitioned to Lean. When they started, she says, they had this separate QA group whose job it was to find defects in the products after they were already made (sound familiar?). But then they took these QA folks and moved them […]
Thanks so much to all of the awesome people who attended Nate Oster & I’s workshop at Agile 2009. We used games and ideas to look at how testers and programmers can really work together on agile projects in ways that makes sense on our teams. [Click Read More….. to view the slides]
A lot of managers don’t think twice about every day things that slow down developers… • Slow or unstable development machines • Delays from business folks in clarifying requirements • Little to no feedback on the product until it’s already “done” • Loss of focus from repeated interruptions And yet, these same managers will often […]
Abby Fichtner is The Hacker Chick. She helps people build amazing things and push the edge on what's possible.
She's taught for MIT and Harvard, worked with Fortune 100 organizations and hundreds of startups, and been named an Innovation Amplifier by the Boston Globe, one of the Top 25 Women in Boston Tech, and -- her favorite -- Boston's Startup Gaurdian Angel.
Today, she spends most of her time working on her art and helping individuals and organizations with Innovation, Creativity, and Pushing the Edge on What's Possible.