August 10, 2016

What is Agile?

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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June 10, 2016

Ball Runner: An Agile Game

Ball Runner: An Agile Game The Ball Runner game originated from the #play14 unconference in London in September 2015. I was toying with the idea of a game around work in progress (WIP), which can be incredibly stressful for teams, and for individuals on these teams. I imagined a team playing a game in which one individual…

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April 8, 2016

4 reasons why you need to understand Agile from first principles

4 reasons why you need to understand Agile from first principles According to the Version One survey, which must be by now the most quoted Agile survey of all time, the top 4 reasons for an Agile adoption failure are: Company philosophy or culture at odds with core Agile values Lack of experience with Agile methods…

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October 28, 2015

Backlog refinement techniques

It never ceases to amaze me that teams can come up with more and more inventive ways of improvement. Just yesterday, I was in a backlog refinement meeting where we resized / refined the entire backlog in 15 minutes. The technique starts with a free jira plugin called Cards, which allows you to format the…

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October 5, 2015

How to gain 98% Improvement in capacity without hiring a single person

Most organisations I work in, think that capacity is a function of how many people you have multiplied by the average utilisation of staff. In software development this is horribly wrong and leads to large bloated IT departments that produce very little value. This incorrect belief leads ‘resource’ managers* to focus on increasing utilisation and…

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September 14, 2015

Cynefin & Sense-Making Framework

Cynefin & Sense-Making Framework Dave Snowden, creator of the Cynefin & Sense-Making Framework (1) gives us a model with which we can view how most pre-agile organisations are using the wrong model to solve today’s complex problems.  Agile and the resulting organisational change is the new model to solve today’s complex problems.   The sense…

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August 25, 2015

Lean Product Development: How you could save as much as 90% reduction on cycle times

32 years ago, Donald Reinertsen wrote a landmark article for the “Electric Business” magazine, which quantified the value of development speed. Since then, Donald has been introducing, businesses, developers and c-level execs to his ideas that we now know as “Lean Product Development. Including how to: identify the six ways that queues cause economic damage…

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August 24, 2015

Agile and the Art of Tango

You may not know so much about tango apart that it comes from Argentina and that it looks hard. When someone starts learning tango, we all pretty much have the same experience. We concentrate on learning lots of fancy moves and then we get to the dance floor and try them out. Then we wonder…

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August 20, 2015

Agile Marketing with Gez Smith

I am very excited to present another great Agile first for our group. Scaling Agile and Organisational change means changes to the entire organization, including marketing. Gez Smith is just about to publish his book on using Agile philosophy and Scrum methodology in the field of marketing and he has agreed to come and speak…

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August 18, 2015

Why Large Scale Scrum?

Why Large Scale Scrum? Large Scale Scrum was created by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde. Large Scale Scrum is the only full lifecycle Agile scaling framework that is truly Agile throughout the entire value stream flow. Large Scale Scrum is truly Scrum (at scale). We do not end up with lots of Scrum teams; we…

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