March 25, 2017

What is the agile mindset?

The agile mindset seems to be a mythical abstract quality that is hard to define and often glossed over in agile discussions. It is the outermost ring in the popular metaphor agile onion. The model tells us the mindset is the most powerful of the layers that make up agile. It is where ‘being agile’…

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February 20, 2017

Why Agile Portfolio Managers Should Act Like Rice Farmers

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

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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August 10, 2016

What is Agile?

What is Agile? Over the last few years, the word Agile (or agile with a small a) has taken on different meanings and used in multiple contexts. This is a short post to give my perspective on what Agile is. I’m not going to bore you with the 2001 meeting, agile manifesto, or an intro to…

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March 30, 2016

Why Do We Stand-Up?

Why Do We Stand-Up? There are many takes on how to conduct a stand-up, and at least as many takes on what to cover. But have we lost track of what’s actually important? At a meetup in the end of 2015, the speaker partly covered the ‘fact’ that the early majority, according to Moore’s technology adoption lifecycle, of companies doing software…

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January 5, 2016

How using ‘barely sufficient’ prescription can allow for the most effective teams

How using ‘barely sufficient’ prescription can allow for the most effective teams It’s the age old debate: I want self organising teams, but I need to set some constraints. I want some level of prescription, but how much is reasonable? When does it start disempowering the teams? This balancing act is being played out the…

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November 26, 2015

“LeSS is More” at AWA

Why LeSS? If you invested $100 of stock in a company listed as a ‘Great Place to Work’ in 1998, by 2008 your investment was worth $266. Compare that to a benchmark of comparable companies that didn’t make the ‘Great Place to Work’ list, that $100 would have only been worth $180. That’s a 2.1x…

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May 18, 2015

Your bank balance is a state of mind

Anyone who has read books like ‘Think and grow rich’ by Napolean Hill, or ‘The richest man in Babylon’ by George S Clayton, have surely heard of the adage that you are as rich as your state of mind. Likewise, those who practise mediation, yoga or other forms of self-reflection are likely to have heard…

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April 9, 2015

Why Scale Agile – Part three – The Agile Mind

Part three – The Agile Mind Part one of this series is about visibility and Part two is about Business Value. Source: From the heart The Agile Mindset is the illusive driver from which all of the process, practices, tools and values come from. The Agile Mindset is like that Jedi force which we all…

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April 2, 2015

Why Scale Agile? – Part 1

Part one – Visibility   Visibility of progress has the net result of better financial outcomes that are derived by three types of behaviour. These are risk reduction, ability to direct progress and to increase trust between those paying for the work and those doing the work. Risk reduction The contract game whereby the supplier…

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