April 3, 2017

BBRT Members’ Meeting and Ashby’s LORV

BBRT Members’ Meeting and Ashby’s LORV I thought I would start with the least appealing title for a blog post ever – so well done if you’ve got this far.  I’m about to apply the next filter- BBRT stands for Beyond Budgeting Round Table ! And finally, for the few of you who are still…

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March 25, 2017

What is the Agile Mindset?

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….

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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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August 25, 2016

What is an Agile Coach?

What is an Agile Coach? This post follows on from What is Agile? If you didn’t read that, then please it read it now. Otherwise, this isn’t going to indake a whole lot of sense. OK, let’s begin. What is an Agile Coach? The word ‘coach’, like the old stage coaches, can be taken to…

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December 2, 2015

Overcoming the Tyranny of the Waterfall

During a retrospective with a client, we did an exercise called “5-whys” to try and uncover the underlying reason behind the lack of focus on production. One enlightened developer provided a valuable piece of insight when he noted that we *may* still be in a “waterfall mindset,” hence the lack of urgency. This is natural…

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June 28, 2014

The Scrum Master

The Scrum Master The role of Scrum Master is perhaps the easiest to explain even though it can be hard to do. A Scrum Master’s responsibility is simply to ensure that the Scrum Process is followed by the team and that the people external to the team give the team the space required for them…

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