In Agile, items selected for development come from a backlog, a list of prioritized features describing functionality for the desired product. The inspiration for new features can strike at any time, but ideas may not be fully flushed out and can change as more is learned about the product. In this article, I’ve outlined 3 key elements of a healthy agile backlog that facilitate creativity, simplify ongoing development, and create a more valuable and profitable product over time.
I recently participated in the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Women’s Advisory Group on a mission to help engineering students transition into successful professionals with rewarding careers. We worked in collaboration with the Center for Career Development and met with upcoming graduates getting ready to make their mark on the world. We discussed the following ideas on how to develop engineering careers that are fulfilling personally and professionally.
I was recently invited to be on an alumni panel at my alma mater, Notre Dame, to mentor first-year students considering joining the Computer Science and Engineering program. After having been a developer for over five years, becoming a parent, and assisting DragonSpears to recruit new talent, I had two key insights to share about choosing a software engineer career path.
You’ve secured budget and stakeholder buy-in, and you’re ready to embark on a project that provides immense value to your organization. You think that with the hard parts over, everything from here on out will be smooth sailing. But without dedicating extra TLC to the project initiation phase, your hard work getting the green light may all have been for naught.
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