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admin Agile Consultant and Coach, DSDM Advanced Practitioner and trainer. Specialist in Agile project and programme management, project governance and organisational transformation.
Sprint Goals – more important than the Backlog?
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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.
Committing Agile heresy
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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.
Agile PMO presentation
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I gave a talk at a P3M event on the subject of Governance of Agile Projects.
Agile Roadmap
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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 further when I left. So I decided to set them a…
Visualise the problem
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Got a wicked problem? First show me how to make toast. Agile teams have been using cards and sticky notes to visualise their work for many years now. Visualisation makes things so much clearer and easier to understand, as well as ensuring that plans…
Jobs that just aren't Agile
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Why give someone a job that describes something you should not be doing at all?
Building a winning team - an Agile parable
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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.
Why does planning poker take so long?
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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, yes there is. But before we go there, let's…
Risk-thinking vs Benefits-thinking
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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, with over 400 people involved in two different…
Leadership and Culture
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​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 leadership. But recently I have seen first hand, a…