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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.
When not to use story cards
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I am a huge fan of using the physical index cards to represent Agile requirements in the form of user stories. I have in the past used them to very rapidly re-prioritise a requirements list by moving the cards about on a table. Seeing the cards up on…
Are User Stories always the best way to capture agile requirements?
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If you are in an agile team and don't use user stories, you are probably in the minority. But if you do, are you finding that they are always the best way of capturing requirements? I have recently come to question the typical format of a user story…
DSDM 'Specification-led'
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Over the last few years, I have been asked a few times variations on the question; "What projects are suitable for agile, and which aren't." It's a fascinating question, and one I think has a relatively simple answer. It depends. It depends…
Getting feedback
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I was asked to take one of the speaking slots at the "Agile in the Finance Sector" conference in London on 7 March. It was a great event and I was privileged to be asked to speak. My talk was entitled "Barriers to Agile Adoption and Improvement",…
Interviewed
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Mary Henson of the DSDM Consortium asking me and colleagues about the #DSDM Advanced Practitioners #certification at this year's Agile Business Conference #agile
The context behind user stories
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How do you go about generating the requirements on your agile project? Does your Business Analyst go around interviewing each of the business stakeholders? Do you hold one or more workshops where stories are written in a group? If you have more than…
Coaching – quality through business involvement
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I was once asked to help a small team adopt agile practices and improve the way they worked. I was glad to help but needed a place to start. What, I wondered, did the team need help with. At a meeting with the senior business manager, he told me their…
Coaching – the difference between stories and tasks
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My first foray into operating as an Atern coach has been more enlightening and challenging than I had imagined. A while ago, I started working with a team implementing changes to comply with two separate pieces of legislation. Typically, the project…
Degrees of agility
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Google "agile software development" (and by the way, any company that gets their name turned into a universally-used verb has seriously 'made it') and you will find literally hundreds of thousands of articles and blogs telling you exactly…
Football coaching and the Agile PM
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Let me start by saying I am a football fan. Specifically, a Chelsea fan. Now before you all start hooting derisive comments about our captain, money or Russians, let me ask you this : have you ever considered the parallels between the manager – also…