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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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 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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April 7, 2015
What Does Digital Mean?

I first became aware of a shift from analogue to digital in the 70s. We were school kids then and music was everything to us. We talked, pretentiously, as much about the quality of the sound as we did about the prog rock bands we followed. Queen confused us – it was unthinkable that the […]

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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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