February 20, 2017

Why Agile Portfolio Managers Should Act Like Rice Farmers

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Why Agile Portfolio Managers Should Act Like Rice Farmers One of the themes in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is how differences between Asian and Western cultural practices may have a hidden influence on the different attitudes to success and determination. Gladwell describes how the painstaking persistence of rice cultivation in China differs from Western grain cultivation….

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February 15, 2017

Understanding the Switch from Scrum to Kanban

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Understanding the Switch from Scrum to Kanban This is a real-life story. It’s a story about addressing the concerns of senior managers who are wary of their delivery teams making their own independent decisions. It’s a common tale that many delivery teams face, and one where, as servant-leaders, scrum master and agile coaches need to…

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February 3, 2017

Wanted: Great Agile Teams

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Wanted: Great Agile Teams Hello, If you’re the ScrumMaster, leader, or manager of an Agile team, what are you there to do? My answer is: help the team become great and stay great. Meaning what? I want your team to contribute to business outcomes and to make a meaningful difference, not only to produce outputs…

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January 11, 2017

An Agile Tale – Fishing for Pearls

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An Agile Tale – Fishing for Pearls Tip-Toeing down the stairs, Robbie sneaks into the kitchen. He heard his father, an Oyster Farmer, return from work an hour ago, so Robbie knew there would be a fresh load of oysters in the ice box. In the kitchen, Robbie climbs on a chair so he can…

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January 9, 2017

I Trust You

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I Trust You You set the tone for your life. If you can’t see trust in the world, start trusting others, if you can’t see collaboration, co-operation, and tolerance, then start collaborating, co-operating and tolerating more. The world is a mirror. The topic of trust in teams is a big one right now because many…

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December 16, 2016

An Agile Tale – The Family Budget

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An Agile Tale – The Family Budget It was November and the Hills were fighting over the family budget. They were meticulous planners, so would sit down every January 31st to allocate the budget for the year. However, being meticulous planners they would also sit down at the end of November to review any changes…

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December 12, 2016

Automating Tests to Break the Logjam and Reduce WIP

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Automating Tests to Break the Logjam and Reduce WIP Last year I was Scrum Master to a web team migrating magazine sites from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. The team was organised with separate developers and testers, using an online scrum board system. Breaking the Logjam One of our developers had been working on a…

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December 6, 2016

Disciplined Agile: A Refreshingly Pragmatic Course

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Disciplined Agile: A Refreshingly Pragmatic Course After realising the advantages of applying Agile practices at the team level, many large organisations are scrambling to find ways to implement Agile across their enterprise. In doing so, many organisations face the twin challenge of selecting one of the competing scaling frameworks, and then attempting the feat of…

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December 4, 2016

An Agile Tale – The King’s Heir

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An Agile Tale – The King’s Heir Staring deeply into the fireplace is King Rupert the Firm-Stepper. If you were close enough to him, you would hear him slowly repeat the question that he has been contemplating for many moons now. “Who will succeed, who shall rule this kingdom after I” He repeats this question…

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December 2, 2016

Before the Backlog – The Vital Upfront Research

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Before the Backlog – The Vital Upfront Research My learning journey As a Business Analyst, I believe my purpose is to ensure the right product is being produced. Having previously created a successful renewal of a product I’ve been on a mission to understand what I did right, how it could have been even better…

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