October 5, 2015

How to gain 98% Improvement in capacity without hiring a single person

Most organisations I work in, think that capacity is a function of how many people you have multiplied by the average utilisation of staff. In software development this is horribly wrong and leads to large bloated IT departments that produce very little value. This incorrect belief leads ‘resource’ managers* to focus on increasing utilisation and…

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May 6, 2015

Anything is possible. But what is your purpose?

Do you wake up at 5am, so excited by the day ahead that you can’t sleep? Do you get out of bed and get to work early, only to find you co-workers there because they were so excited about their day that they got there first? If not, then you may lack on of the…

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February 16, 2015

Definition of ready for stories at scale

This post has multiple parts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4   The definition of ready (DOR) is a concept that describes an agreement that the team or teams have made with the Product Owner that describes when a story is ready to be taken into Sprint Planning and then…

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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 29, 2015

Stories at scale – part 2

There is a part one to this series. The format of a story Ron Jeffries one of the founders of Extreme Programming (XP) created the concept of the three C’s. These are Card, Conversation and Confirmation. Card A “Card” (or often a Post-It note), a physical token giving tangible and durable form to what would…

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January 28, 2015

Stories at scale – part 1

Stories and their part in scaling agility Commonly known as Backlog Items, User Stories, Work Items and just Stories, are the building block for the development team to drive the work they do and align the Product Owner and the Team in building the right thing. The Story has been very well documented and anyone…

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November 26, 2014

AWA event – John Coleman – 25th November 2014 – Practical session

Yesterday, we held the 2nd Adventures with Agile event and it was another huge success. John Coleman flew over from Ireland to give the presentation and a huge thanks is in order to him for this, and for presenting and running the workshop. I was slightly disappointed in the number of people who said they…

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October 24, 2014

Adventures with Agile Event – SAFE – Inbar Oren

SAFE – Inbar Oren Last night, Adventures with Agile held the first meet up event near Euston Square in London. The venue was perfect with a great big screen and plenty of space for everyone. The teas, coffees and biscuits all arrived on time. Lindley, from Greenscreen and I were the first to arrive and…

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