February 3, 2017

Wanted: Great Agile Teams

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

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

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

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 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

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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November 30, 2016

Learnings From the SPC4 Course & How it Helped me

Learnings From the SPC4 Course & How it Helped me Background I approached the SPC4 course back in July with limited experience of SAFe. I’m pretty new to this agile coaching role and jumped at the opportunity to learn more about one of the major frameworks.  I had recently started working with some teams who…

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November 29, 2016

The Value of Coaching Told Through Real Life Stories

The Value of Coaching Told Through Real Life Stories I recently wrote a post on What is an Agile coach. It’s worth reading that post before this one. This is the first true story in a set of blog posts written by different coaches in the Adventures with Agile network and consultancy, on the real…

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November 23, 2016

An Agile Tale – Superman’s Dilemma

An Agile Tale – Superman’s Dilemma At the beginning of each of the George Reeves episodes from the 50s, we were informed that Superman was: “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” Since that time, more money has been poured into cinema and…

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