October 10, 2016

CSM, 26-27 October

Certified Scrum Master Training —Collaborative ScrumMaster In partnership with Adventures With Agile, I’ll be facilitating my first public Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) workshop since 2010. Naturally, I’m curious as to how it will play out. This Certificate May Not Mean What You Think It Means This is not a training course, it is a workshop—an experience. You will…

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July 5, 2016

Why is it so hard to do the right amount of refinement?

Why is it so hard to do the right amount of refinement? Teams don’t do enough product backlog refinement. Yes, it’s a sweeping statement and yes there are teams where this isn’t true but for the most part I feel it’s a common problem for new and existing teams. All the coaching for Scrum talks…

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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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November 3, 2014

Agile will change the world

As the foreword in Scott Ambler’s book says ‘The process wars are over and Agile won’. Agile is now being adopted in the largest organisations and the smallest all over the world. It’s no longer a question of ‘if’, it’s just a question of ‘when’. If you don’t become more agile, then you have more…

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October 10, 2014

The three motivators after money

In surprising coincidence, I can across Dan Pink’s work from three different sources. I had bought his sales book ‘To sell is human’ and was flicking through this. I attended the Radtac event on values and behaviours this week ‘Agile is about people’ by their COO Michael Short and he mentioned Dan Pink and the…

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October 2, 2014

What is value?

Scrum We now have a set of core values from the manifesto and from XP. Let’s see what values we can derive from Scrum. Scrum doesn’t list a set of values or principles. Scrum does have three pillars which form a cycle that is repeated throughout the process on small and larger cycles. These pillars…

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September 28, 2014

What is value? (part 3)

This is part 3. You might like to read part 1 and part 2 before reading this post. Extreme Programming Next we turn to Extreme Programming (XP) for our next set of values. XP has a specific set of values that apply to the individual and to a single team. They are: Simplicity We will…

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September 26, 2014

What is value? (part 2)

Read part 1 here. Agile Manifesto As always, we will start with the Agile Manifesto. The manifesto specifically gives us a set of values in which we use as the building blocks for our development. We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to…

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September 17, 2014

What is value? (part 1)

In this set of posts I want to discuss the idea of value. Value is truly subjective and just like the concept of quality in the book ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance’ it can be extremely elusive. Value, being subjective, means different things to different people. This blog is about Agile and therefore…

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