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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.
Planning poker without cards
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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 to start. It was never going to be quite so easy…
Career transition
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Over the last couple of years, I have transitioned from being employed by an insurance company trying to be more agile, through being employed by a small consultancy on-site at clients doing agile project management and coaching, to where I am now –…
RAG – What are you measuring?
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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 seem to hang on to the RAG status like a comfort…
Agile game: MoSCoW prioritisation
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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 to talk people through the process of going from…
Do we really need projects?
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In an Agile sense, you probably work in one of two types of companies. While there are certainly hybrids of these two examples, bear with me for a while. The first type are IT-focussed, tech-savvy, often relatively new companies. They sell stuff online…
Agile – one size fits all?
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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 for them. For someone new to agile – perhaps considering…
Principles of Agile Governance
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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 convinced me of the basic 'correctness'…
The core of Agile
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Peel away the layers of agile practices, dig down through the principles and values of the Agile Manifesto, and what is at the very core of Agile is one simple objective and two activities. The objective is Risk Mitigation. Think about it – all the…
Role Playing games as Agile educators
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One day some years ago, I spent a couple of hours in the car while my son – then aged about 13 – told me all about what he'd been doing recently. What was occupying most of his time was World of Warcraft and he was now online playing this most…
Two Agile worlds
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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 questioning the very nature of Agile itself? What…