November 8, 2018

Using agile principles to develop company culture. Part 4: Working Software over comprehensive documentation

In this fourth post about applying agile principles at FutureLearn, Tessa Cooper, Director of People and Culture, talks about living your values, developing your people and focussing on feedback over comprehensive documentation. Before you read this you might want to read the first couple of posts: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Individuals and interactions over processes and…

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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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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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October 20, 2014

Personal Motivation

Having watched Dan Pink’s video on motivation, I thought I’d try out the concepts on colleagues and friends. I have asked about 10 (ish) people what motivations they have and seen how they fit into the three categories of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. What I have discovered is that these 3 groups help enormously to…

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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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