July 17, 2017

The Problem of Anxiety and How to Embrace It

The Problem of Anxiety and How to Embrace It Uncertainty and complexity demands that today’s businesses must continually be changing to remain competitive. That’s a fact. This is at odds with the mindset of the very people who help organisations to be successful, their employees. This is because people naturally crave stability in the form…

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July 12, 2017

Here’s the Thing About “T-shaped” People

Here’s the Thing About “T-shaped” People It’s about “T-shaped” teams too! One of the challenges for organisations when they move to Agile ways of working is the often mentioned need to build teams made up of “T-shaped” people. This can also be described as a cross-functionality. The Scrum Guide describes cross-functionality as: “Cross-functional teams have…

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July 3, 2017

Potatoes on Mars, and When Not to Use Duct Tape

Potatoes on Mars, and When Not to Use Duct Tape So we‘re sitting there watching 3 space-orientated spectaculars, on a theme which we described as NASA’s greatest mistakes in chronological order as portrayed on film, and my partner and I start describing NASA’s approach to problem solving – which we refer to as ‘Potatoes on…

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June 23, 2017

5 Books for a New Scrum Master to Read

5 Books for a New Scrum Master to Read   Practices Kanban and Scrum – Making the Most of Both – Henrik Kniberg & Mattias Skarin Any budding Scrum Master will benefit from the tools and techniques described in this book. It’s also free as an e-book, which is nice. Henrik and Mattias have been…

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June 23, 2017

More with LeSS: A Decade of Descaling with LeSS with Craig Larman

More with LeSS: A Decade of Descaling with LeSS – Craig Larman Join us at Ticketmaster on the 6th July 2017 for an evening with LeSS co-founder and one of the top 20 agile influencers of all time, Craig Larman. It’s been an absolute honour and privilege to be able to host Craig in London…

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June 14, 2017

Physical Forms for an Agile Mindset #scrumya

Physical Forms for an Agile Mindset #scrumya As big fans of experimentation and also keen yogis.. when Anna came to us to say she had an idea to fuse the agile principles, scrum rituals and yoga poses, we didn’t need much persuading to get involved. After a few months of tweaking, along with Anna kindly presenting the…

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May 31, 2017

Why ‘Why’ Means Taking Responsibility

Why ‘Why’ Means Taking Responsibility. I don’t know if it’s me, but throughout my career in software development, I’ve seen so much wasted and unfocused effort and so many stressed people constantly pushed to capacity for ‘crucial’ developments that simply then withered away as the work became forgotten and irrelevant. All that waste really gets…

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May 26, 2017

BDD in Banking – Cucumber Podcast

BDD in Banking – Cucumber Podcast The Cucumber podcast is for people who love Cucumber! Over the last year subscribers to the podcast have had the opportunity to hear the Cucumber Team talk about a wide variety of agile and BDD related topics as well as hosting a range of wonderful guests, including Emily Webber, Sallyann…

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May 22, 2017

Increase your Scope as a Coach & Go Beyond the Team

Increase your Scope as a Coach & Go Beyond the Team The role of ‘Agile Coach’ has become a ubiquitous catch-all for anyone doing anything with agile outside the role of Scrum Master. However, the Scrum Master role, according to the Scrum guide, is also a coaching role. Therefore, the Scrum Master and Agile Coach can…

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May 10, 2017

Why Agile Transformations Fail – Gil Broza

Why Agile Transformations Fail – Gil Broza Earlier this month, Gil Broza joined AWA and fellow meetup group Psychology of Agile Scrum to share his talk “Practice Does Not Make Perfect: Why Agile Transformations Fail.” Gil thinks that there’s one particular ingredient that’s been overlooked in the mad rush to adopt Agile. During his talk, he…

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