New Year. New Direction?

Episode 112 - 10 Jan 2018

It's time to plot a new course - a new direction - for Development That Pays. Could you help me out by completing this Super-simple Survey:

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Thank you for helping to make Development That Pays more useful. For you!


Happy New Year! We’ve made it to 2018.

Are you ready to go? Are you already running at full speed?

I’m not quite ready.

But I’m working on. I’ll get there.

But I’ll need your help.


2017 was a busy year for Development That Pays:

  • 46 new episodes
  • 5 new cheat sheets

And the big one:

There’s a lot here to be pleased about. But I couldn’t help feeling - as looked back on 2017 - that it could have been better.

I started to think that what you want and what I provide might not be as aligned as they could be.

I had my head down cranking out episodes… and cheat sheets… and the mini-course. I was running fast, but was I running in the right direction?

Detective Mode

I had big plans for the Christmas break:

  • Update a Cheat Sheet or two
  • Make all kinds of updates to the Scrum vs Kanban minicourse
  • Get a few episodes of Development That Pays in the bag

But I didn’t do any of those things.

Instead I went into “Detective mode”. Starting on Boxing Day.

I jumped into YouTube analytics; I discovered that a couple of episodes right at the beginning of 2017 had performed really well.

I hadn’t even noticed!

Next, I poured over your emails. To my shame I found a lot of emails that I hadn’t replied to. Sorry about that.

(Think there’s a New Years Resolution hiding in there somewhere.)

Then I went back to YouTube and read your comments. All of them. Right back to the beginning.

Then - and only then - did I do the thing that I had been looking forward to:

I opened the Survey Results!

In case you missed it, just before Christmas I asked you to complete a Super-simple Survey.

I asked you what - in your Agile world - really bugs you.

What annoys you.

What really gets under your skin.

And your responses did not disappoint.

  • So many quotable quotes.
  • Loads of common themes.
  • And no shortage of surprises.

I’ve compiled the responses into this rather lovely PDF.

And I wondered if you’d like to take a look inside? No problem. I’d love you to have it.

But there’s a catch.

Can you guess what it is?

All I ask is that you complete the survey.

There are the ONLY two mandatory questions:

  • What bugs you?
  • What’s Your job title?

Oh, and if you’d like a copy of the results, I’ll need your email address. That’s it!

Thank you in advance. By completing the survey, you’ll be helping me to make Development that Pays more useful for you.

Watch "New Year. New Direction?" on YouTube.