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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.
Hansei and "being negative"
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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.
Agile Methodology wars
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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 of procedures and guidelines for one or more phases…
Prototyping – what is the MVP?
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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) is that will prove whether your business idea…
Killing Agility
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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 to Agile. A lot has been written about how to…
Can we believe the Chaos report?
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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 to explain why Agile is a good idea. If they…
Agile is not a binary state
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I was on one of the LinkedIn groups the other day, reading through one of the discussions around testing and one of the contributors stated that Agile "mandates specific practices" and that if the "real world" precludes you from "doing…
Agile already a failure in public sector?
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The DWP has ceased all agile software development work for the Universal Credit (UC) programme. This is disappointing, but not entirely unexpected. Warning bells should have been clamouring loudly when it was announced by the Major Projects Authority…
"Deliver on Time" revisited – the Iron Triangle
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The 'Iron Triangle' known to all project managers is one of the cornerstones of the profession. Essentially, it defines the major project constraints of time, cost and scope (sometimes quality is shown in the middle). On most traditional projects,…
Planning horizons
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I know of an IT department with just three full-time developers. Yes, just three. So what do you do with a team that size? What they are doing is developing lots of small enhancements and defect fixes, and not much else. They don't have enough people…
Conditional Priorities?
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We are working with a corporate partner, who is providing us detailed requirements for changes to their customer documents. They supply the text, we apply it to the document and get it tested. During the planning workshop for our last timebox, the conversation…