At the beginning of this year I was presented with an excellent opportunity to compare estimation methods. We had several pieces of work required on a service which I had bundled up so we could work on them all in one go.

The work

Visual redesign of the website

We had a fairly nebulous request to refresh…


Originally published at https://eleanormollett.com on the 1st February 2020

I heard about the concept of being the shit umbrella right at the beginning of my time as a delivery manager. In my experience, it’s spoken of as a badge of honour by delivery and product managers, and often wistfully of…


Originally published at https://eleanormollett.com on the 20th April 2020

It’s now over a month since we’ve been working remotely. Before this all happened I had been planning on writing a post about how we were steadily removing columns from our board, some of the techniques we had used to replace…


Recently I built my own react app to learn more about react and get in some coding practice. I am a delivery manager and don’t often get the chance to code day to day, so have set it as my learning and development objective. Once I had it written, I…


As most of these posts have, I’ll start this one with “I’m really not that fond of roadmaps” — I tend to find them very restrictive.

The roadmaps I’ve seen before have tended to be linear, and have dates. This is the entire point in a roadmap for some people…


For a long time, I have avoided estimation. I’ve generally found that story count and cycle time has served me well enough if I do need to provide forecasts, and I have only provided ‘how long might this particular feature take’ forecasts, rather than “when will I get all of…


I’ve been thinking recently about how our team balances the effort we put in to putting together designs for the long term vision for our service, with the work we need to do now to deliver our minimum viable product and the private beta of our service.

We want to…


Many teams across DWP and government are now using kanban boards to visualise the work going on in their team. However, this is only one part of kanban. Whilst it is an important first stage to map out the flow work takes to delivery, and to visualise what work the…


One of the things that often gets discussed during our daily team stand up is whether a piece of work should be on our kanban board, and whether the work on the board accurately reflects what the team is working on. To get the most out of kanban, we should…


My team started out using the standard stand up format of answering the 3 questions;

  • What did I do yesterday?
  • What will I be doing today?
  • What are my blockers?

As a fairly large team we started finding this to be very repetitive, with multiple team members working on one…

Eleanor Mollett

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