Michael Wilkes

a.k.a. “Disambiguator”

My professional mission is to move drudgery from people to machines.

I fulfill that mission by helping software teams deal with Complexity and Change.

Effective Roles

Product Owner

A properly ranked Product Backlog is critical to the success of the development team and to the overall project. Make decisions based on a clear sense of value rather than like a leaf in the emotional wind of project pressure. When I act in the PO role, you are assured of:

  • Product Backlog is Ranked by Business Value
  • High-quality User Stories to load up a Sprint
  • No waiting for answers to developer questions

Scrum Master

Is your team performing at its peak? What’s in their way? How do you get them to tell you about what’s bothering them? I can help your team escape the inertia that is holding them back through time-tested agile methods:

  • Reliable Development Iterations
  • Transparent Project Priorities
  • Thoughtful Sprint Retrospectives to help the team self-optimize

Sr. Business Analyst | User Stories

Whether you are an Agile shop or the kings of micro-Waterfall, your requirements still have to be clear and well-organized. That is, if you expect to deliver a product that your customer wants. When I interview stakeholders to deliver User Stories, you get:

  • Customer-driven value-based User Stories
  • Business-driven Acceptance Criteria
  • No creativity-stifling implementation details



Twitter: @disambiguator