February 21, 2021
Agile Coaching - Trust Me, I'm a Chicken

A Pig and a Chicken were Playing Poker in a Bar...

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December 8, 2019
Agile Delivery: you Want it, you Need it, but you Can’t Have it

Agile Delivery means putting value in your customer’s hands in weeks not years. It also means being able to change your mind about what you want to deliver, as often as the market demands.

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May 3, 2018
Uncle Bob Martin challenges software industry to Grow-up

The State of Software talk by Robert C. Martin London, UK 1st May 2018 at Skills Matter, for Scrum Event Agile Manifesto author and software expert Robert Martin asks if it is time for us to take responsibility for our work? Can we admit that Agile hasn’t worked? Will we sit at the adults’ table […]

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December 11, 2017
Too much Agile Guidance for C-Suite

One key action: Agile Guidance for C-Suite leadership If my job title was a three-letter acronym and the first letter was a “C”, I might be un-festively fed-up with people telling me how to run my agile digital transformation. Two more ‘top ten something-or other things CEOs and CIOs should worry about’ appeared last week, […]

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December 7, 2017
Two DevOps Metrics for Agile Teams & their Managers

After almost two years of frustratingly slow progress, the DevOps transformation leaders at MIB (Massive Investment Bank, whose name is interesting but not important) are re-evaluating their choice of key performance indicators (KPIs). They’ve been using just two DevOps metrics, the number of releases made per month and the number of incidents raised per month. […]

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September 7, 2016
Course: Advanced Agile MasterClass with Alistair Cockburn

Adventures with Agile are offering a 3 day MasterClass with classy master Alistair Cockburn Thanks to Simon Powers for hosting this 'not to be missed' event. Starts Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM ETC Venues Marble Arch, London Price: GBP1,600.00 per person More ...

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July 7, 2016
Shu Ha Ri: a Chef Metaphor for Agile Learning

The Shu Ha Ri Agile metaphor Nobody tells a Shu Ha Ri story better than Alistair Cockburn, and listening to his Sushi-slicing version whilst in France last year, inspired me to write (derive) a French Chef version of Shu Ha Ri. It reminds us that development is a craft that demands many skills and senses. […]

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June 22, 2016
Writing an Agile Article for a Proper Journal

The work of the agile business analyst is never done is one of the conclusions reached in my first agile article for online journal InfoQ User Stories Are Placeholders for Requirements. At 3500 words plus five key take-away points, and with editorial and peer-review by the wonderful agile writer and educator Ben Linders, this was […]

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April 5, 2016
Planning for Agile Delivery with Scrum's Secret Meetings

In a previous post I looked at Scrum's regular planning meetings as a way of doing Agile Delivery. You can read that post Use Scrum Planning Meetings for Agile Delivery. There are two other planning activities which are crucial to Agile Delivery success. They are easily-missed in the Scrum Guide, and the need for these […]

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March 22, 2016
The Secrets of the Sprint Planning Meeting Revealed

Why is the Sprint Planning meeting so difficult to get right? Agiliser Russ Lewis reveals secrets of the meeting that the Scrum Guide time-boxes to eight hours and describes in just 704 words. Remember your first computing module at college? When they explained the difference between a problem and a solution? Or perhaps you went […]

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March 15, 2016
Use Scrum Planning Meetings for Agile Delivery

There are three regular planning events in Scrum, and although each has a different objective and audience they form the basic mechanism for Agile delivery and risk-management. Managers that understand the purpose of these three meetings will be able to gain the benefits Agile Delivery in a wide range of business situations, not just in […]

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March 5, 2016
Storm in the Top 100 Agile Blogs

Many thanks to the team at Oikosofy for including this blog in the Top 100 Agile blogs. We only just got in, at number 98 - but we're in none-the-less and I'm delighted for the recognition. It's even given me the encouragement I needed to get pen back to paper, and return to my regular […]

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The Future of Agile Leadership

Introduction The future of leadership is Agile There are many different types of leadership styles and not all work well in every situation. The most popular method, the "Command and Control" style which has been…

Business Agility Leadership Coaching (BALC) at HSBC

Business Agility Leadership Coaching (BALC) emerged as a consequence of asking leaders and managers across HSBC how they wanted to improve their agile leadership. Our proposed solution hit a sweet spot because we were 100%…

What does focussing on culture mean to XYZ Consulting?

We have some mid-tier consultants in at the moment who are "focussing on culture." Since we don't separate culture from delivering value to customers, I asked what that meant in practice. Apparently: "A generic scheme…

Visualising Progress using the Stand-up Game

We had a (brief) discussion about tracking progress as a team. I reacted against Jira because a) I dislike the user interface as it's a collaboration killer, and b) we aren't a software development or…
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