Change. Chapter two. by Simon Powers
There is no shortage of opportunity. There is only a shortage of those who will apply themselves to the basics that success requires. ~ Jim Rohn The basics of agility. It’s been a long and hard journey to write this book. I know every author says the same thing. I have had the additional challenge…Read More
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…Read More
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….Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More