May 17, 2018

The Difference Between Agile Mindset Values, and Principles

The following is from a conversation in the Enterprise Agile Coaching community. I am sharing it here in the hope it might be useful for others. This is my reply to the question of what is the difference between mindset, values, and principles. ————————- I define the mindset as 3 beliefs. The complexity belief Many…

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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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August 10, 2016

What is Agile?

the agile onion metaphor for show what agile is

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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July 8, 2015

Agile adoption strategies for large corporates

Agile Adoption Strategies for Large Corporates Everyone is different. Organisations are also different. The personality of an organisation is its culture. When we look to improve an organisation, it is the culture that needs to change. Applying different out of the box tools doesn’t work, because every culture is slightly different. We call this starting…

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June 29, 2015

Coconut headphones

I have been fairly busy lately speaking on organisational change and agile adoption. Change is happening everywhere. Three weeks ago I was up in Glasgow talking at the university on the AWA framework and how agile methods map to behaviour context. What struck me here as well as elsewhere is that everyone thinks that their…

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September 7, 2014

The Self-Organising team is at the heart of Agile

From XP (1) and Scrum (2) we have the concept of self-organising teams. A self-organising team doesn’t need to be commanded or controlled to get its work done. This page is a discussion on self-organising teams and the opposite of the command and control top down approach. Self-organising means that the individuals within the team…

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July 2, 2014

The Product Owner

The Product Owner’s role is defined as part of the Scrum methodology. It is one of the three roles defined in Scrum. The Product Owner is responsible for what features are in the product, what order the features get developed and it is the Product Owner’s responsibility to accept or reject the feature based on…

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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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June 10, 2014

Scrum – An overview

Scrum – An Overview Scrum is an implementation of a development process based upon the concepts in the Agile manifesto and the Agile principles. Scrum’s purpose is to provide a framework within which it is possible to plan, design, build and deploy complex working software that is fit for purpose, in priority order first. The…

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June 5, 2014

Refactoring

Refactoring is a natural part of good development. Refactoring lends itself well to the Agile iterative approach to development. The term ‘refactoring’ is used to mean changing code to either clean it up so that it is easier to work with and adhere to best practices or to change in order to make new functionality…

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