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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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 18, 2014
Developing Skills the Agile Way

Development Occurs over Time, not on a Training Course During our many combined years as trainers with Learning Tree International, the average instructor grade exceeded 3.8 of a possible 4.0. Attendees loved the training, and provided fantastic testimonials. But that doesn't mean they used what we taught them, or that they improved because of the […]

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June 9, 2014
Look Up, Look Down but post with Care

Exactly 1 month ago, I received a link to a viral video called Look Up. I only got round to watching it a couple of weeks later, by which time it had been around for 4 weeks and already had approaching two million views. It's a very well constructed commentary on the prevalence of social […]

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June 5, 2014
Storm Goes G-Cloud

Storm Consulting has been accepted onto the G-Cloud framework. Hang out the bunting and wave the flags! We are now officially cleared by the UK Government and can now happily pitch for local authority and central Government contracts for training and process improvement. On a more sombre note however, the G-Cloud framework is not a […]

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May 29, 2014
Is Faster Always Better for Process Improvement?

  We all know the old adage – if a man who’s bad at DIY is given an electric drill then all he will achieve that day is drilling more holes in the wrong places – process improvement just doing the wrong thing better? When I started as an engineer I used to program using […]

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May 19, 2014
Google Doodle's Working Rubik's Cube is Engaging

All rights for this image belong to Google Generations of Users Relate to Rubik Today the creatives at Doodle gave us something that perfectly matches its user generation that's interactive, colourful and engaging. A working Rubik's cube! Just last week I dared to ask why Google were paying their people to decorate the top of […]

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January 8, 2014
Have An Agile 2014

Looking forward at the start of the year is always a tricky thing to do and 2014 will see the inevitable march towards increased certification within the Agile sector (whether we agree, or not), but there is another major trend we should keep our eye on. Platform as a service (PaaS), as a part of […]

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December 11, 2013
Don’t Roast IDS Alive, Yet!

This is not going to be a populist view, but we need to have some sympathy with The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and his team who are trying to manage a £2 billion project to bring in a workable Universal Credits scheme. Politics aside – we’ll leave the merits of the scheme […]

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December 11, 2013
Has Agile Hit A Glass Ceiling?

Has the implementation of Agile within the software and IT sector hit a glass ceiling? This could be one of the conclusions from a new, in-depth academic Agile study conducted by a team at the University of Dresden. Storm-Consulting, which helped with the analysis of the report, has been given access to the findings before […]

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October 20, 2013
Accidental Learning

As a panelist at a recent conference we were asked about continuous professional development CPD. I felt that some people are naturally pre-disposed to learning and will do naturally. Since the audience comprised paying consultants, interim executives and entrepreneurs their decision to attend demonstrated my point. Speaking for myself, I am naturally curious. My decision […]

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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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