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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February 20, 2021
Agile Coaching - Trust Me, I'm a Chicken

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

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July 20, 2015
Scrum in Large Organisations: Are you LOST?

Scrum was never intended for large organisations but those are the places it's being used. People doing it often seem quite lost, hence the need for a simple guide to surviving Scrum in large organisations. With tongue firmly placed in my cheek, I suggest it be called LOST: the Large Organisation Survival Guide To Scrum! […]

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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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May 15, 2014
Slothful Lessons in Agile

Slothful Behaviour is Good If ever an animal captured the principle of "maximising work not done", it must surely be the sloth. Strangely endearing and charmingly enigmatic, sloths are surprisingly inspiring. There exists a Sloth-Club which was formed "to promote slothful behaviours" such as ecology, economy and vegetarianism in order to live in better harmony […]

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April 20, 2014
How Agile Defeated Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of David and Goliath as an unfair contest with odds stacked against the giant. Shepherd David with his simple but precise sling shot isn’t the bravest of King Saul’s men but the one who recognises the deadly disadvantage of an unwieldy, heavily armour-clad, sword-bearing infantryman in one-on-one combat. Gladwell is […]

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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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September 18, 2013
Outsourcing your Stuffing?

Quality outsourcing by a major provider!  

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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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