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Sprint Goals – more important than the…

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08 Dec 2016

I like a good Sprint Goal. Having an objective to strive for is a good way of focussing attention on what's important, but there's more to it than that.
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Committing Agile heresy

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29 Oct 2016

Yesterday I made a suggestion that, to some, would be considered heresy. I suggested to an agile team that they stop using their physical team Kanban board.
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Agile PMO presentation

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23 Aug 2016

I gave a talk at a P3M event on the subject of Governance of Agile Projects.
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Agile Roadmap

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08 Jun 2016

I created an Agility roadmap last week. Allow me to explain. I have about three weeks remaining before the end of my current client engagement, and I didn't want the team to stagnate and not improve.
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Jobs that just aren't Agile

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07 Apr 2016

Why give someone a job that describes something you should not be doing at all?
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Building a winning team - an Agile parable

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21 Mar 2016

Building a winning team takes time, leadership, a vision, a philosophy and a proven approach, all of which need to come together to achieve success.
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Why does planning poker take so long?

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01 Mar 2016

Have you ever been in an agile estimation session that seems to drag on for hours? Where the team makes so little progress, you have to wonder why you're doing it? Isn't there a quicker way? Well,.
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Risk-thinking vs Benefits-thinking

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30 Nov 2015

Once upon a time, there was a programme manager​ named....let's call him Bill. Bill had been asked to deliver a Big Strategic Project (BSP) that was planned to take over four years to complete and,.
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Leadership and Culture

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31 Oct 2015

​It has been said that the most important thing a leader can do is to set and maintain the culture of the organisation. In some cases I have seen, there is a lot of management but not a lot of real.
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Planning poker without cards

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08 Aug 2015

I recently introduced a new Scrum team across two sites to the practice of planning poker. While they had never done estimating in this way before, the idea was readily accepted and they seemed excited.
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RAG – What are you measuring?

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03 Mar 2015

I am continually surprised by how many traditional activities and behaviours survive long into an agile transformation. The Red/Amber/Green status reporting is one of them. Even allegedly Agile people.
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Agile game: MoSCoW prioritisation

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26 Feb 2015

I recently developed and presented a one-hour 'master class' on MoSCoW prioritisation. It's not a hugely complicated topic, and one I have written about before. This time, though, I was able.
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Agile – one size fits all?

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03 Jul 2014

Almost every day I read about doing agile 'properly'. Some people are asking what is the right way to do something, others (including me, it has to be said) are giving their views on what works.
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Principles of Agile Governance

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16 Jun 2014

I first wrote about governance of Agile projects three years ago, when I was developing a governance approach at a DSDM development site. That work, and the work I have done elsewhere since, have further.
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Two Agile worlds

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02 Oct 2013

There is a recurring theme that has been around the agile community for a while now. One so pervading the industry that I have spent quite some time reflecting on it. Have you noticed that people are.
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Hansei and "being negative"

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13 Sep 2013

The success of a change program is dependent on many things. One of them is how the organisation deals with change. And how they learn what needs changing and whether the change was effective once introduced.
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Agile Methodology wars

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13 Aug 2013

Methodology (n) 1. The system of methods and principles used in a particular discipline. 2. The branch of philosophy concerned with the science of method and procedure. 3. An organised, documented set.
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Killing Agility

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23 Jul 2013

In their iconic book "Peopleware", DiMarco and Lister said "I can't tell you what to do to get a team to gel, but I can tell you 100 things that will prevent it" A similar thing applies.
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Prototyping – what is the MVP?

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23 Jul 2013

What if you have a great new business idea, but don't know whether it will work. You prototype it, right? Of course. But what do you prototype? How do you define what that minimum viable product (MVP).
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Can we believe the Chaos report?

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16 Jul 2013

The Standish Group have been publishing the Chaos report into the state of software development annually since at least 1995 and the figures have been reproduced all over the place, especially when trying.
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