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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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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February 3, 2015

Stories at scale – part 4

This series has a part one, part two and part three. Constraints (NFRs) Non functional requirements are constraints on the functionality that the story represents. They are another type of acceptance criteria. We typically separate out NFRs as constraints because they tend to be a cross cutting concern across many if not all stories, and don’t…

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January 30, 2015

Stories at scale – part 3

This series has a part one and two Additional artefacts There is nothing wrong with creating additional artefacts if they help explain a particular concept or help transfer understanding around complexity. Agile does not seek to limit the options we have in communication through artefacts. With the agile-mindset, we know from Alistair Cockburn’s work on…

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