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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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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January 13, 2015
What Increases Project Risk?

Agile or Waterfall, Ignore Project Risk at your Peril This question got Project Managers (not agile PMs by the way) rather fired-up recently. Their answers help reveal the extent of the underlying problem. Of 105 replies, the collective opinion on factors that increase project risk was: Anything that’s new or unknown: stakeholders, team, methodology, tools […]

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November 18, 2014
Is it Time for an Agile Leadership Management Model?

Goodbye Leader Manager, Hello Owner Manager Agile and lean approaches to developing 'things' are more popular now than ever, as leaders see that an iterative and incremental approach gives them greater flexibility, quality and productivity at a lower cost. Increased happiness is a bonus too - it's lovely to be with people who really enjoy […]

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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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May 1, 2014
Enterprise Retrospectives - talk by Luke Hohmann

Yesterday's tube strike stopped many of London's Agile Scrum community from hearing the talk by the popular Silicon Valley author Luke Hohmann. With an easy charm, infectious laughter and a raft of terms someone described as "Californiguff", Luke wasted no time on "talking heads" and got everyone into classic workshop groups to do a retrospective […]

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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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November 28, 2013
What is Agile?

As you can imagine, we get the question, what is Agile, a lot at Storm Consulting. So, here we go. Agile is a movement started in 2001 by 17 software professionals; smart people like you and me who’d somehow worked-out how to build useful software. They got together to see if they could formulate a […]

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October 18, 2013
Customers are always right, but shouldn't be made to pay a price of "being right"

What the customer asks you to do, is not necessarily what they want you to do We all know the expression “the customer is always right”, well in many environments I’ve worked in that maxim is followed so strictly it becomes “do exactly what the customer tells you, and dont question it”. I thought about this recently, when a […]

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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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