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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.
Bugs & prioritisation
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The courses we are running specifically mention that "all our work is prioritised". Project teams have extended the practice of using MoSCoW prioritisation beyond user stories and are using it on defects. But whereas the rules around prioritising…
You can't just pick and choose agile practices
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DSDM Atern can be thought of as a Framework (the handbook calls it that), or a Method​. It comprises a Philosophy, underpinned by eight Principles and supported by defined Processes, People (Roles and Responsibilities), Products and Practices. Like…
How not to do IT Recruitment
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I received an email from a recruiter recently. It has been a while. Back in the days when I badly needed a job, emails from recruitment agencies were mostly of the "sorry, but…" variety. Then when I had a job, they started asking me if I wanted…
The very heart of being agile
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The heart of agile – it's very essence – is the principle that the best solutions come from exploring the evolving solution with the customer, rather than specifying it all up front and presenting them with the solution at the end. Are we agreed…
Evolutionary practices
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In an agile environment, where process and practice are not rigidly prescribed and enforced, ways of doing things will change. They will evolve. Conventional agile wisdom says this is a good thing, but in my experience, that's not always the case.…
The daily stand-up – crisis management tool?
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Many years ago, when I was working as a project manager in a large corporate environment on PRINCE2-governed projects, I once had the misfortune to report a project as RED on the old Red, Amber, Green status report (I can't remember why). Those of…
Agile Business Conference 2011
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I have been to the last three or four conferences, and I believe this was the best in terms of quality of content and quality of speakers, completely discounting myself of course. Which is a pity, because attendance was down this year. I hope that more…
Coaching – co-location
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I recently attended a timebox retrospective of a team I have started coaching. The team have been together for some time now and are constantly improving their performance. But one issue that came up (there were others, about which I will write more…
Coaching – finding the challenges
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For months I have been offering help to teams who might need it – coaching, training, facilitating, whatever. I can't be dictatorial because that will just antagonise the team. So I need to get into the team and help them help themselves without…
Agile measurement and reporting – is anyone doing it effectively?
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I recently had a conversation over breakfast with a number of senior and influential people on the subject of measurement and reporting. The talk centred around the question of how organisations can report on their agile projects effectively. Or, more…