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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.
Products with strange requirements
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I sometimes look at a product and wonder: "What were the requirements for that? Who thought it was a good idea?" One such product is SkyGo. It allows Sky subscribers to access live satellite tv on their laptop, tablet or smart phone. Brilliant,…
DSDM Atern on a non-IT project
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I have been asked to help with a workshop being run by a team of people doing some business change work. "Introduce them to the Atern way of working," I was asked. Intriguing. DSDM originated on software development projects but recent versions,…
Agile Testing with DSDM Atern
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The objective of each timebox is to deliver an incremental subset of the solution. Deliver. I will repeat that – deliver! To your customer. That means the person/s who raised the requirements initially should be able to use (at least in a test environment)…
Measuring performance
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Apart from Agile improvement, another current focus of mine is measurement. My team has been charged with measuring the performance of the IT organisation to understand where we are, baseline it and help drive improvements. I am no scientist or statistician…
Mapping Agile practices to CMMI
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I was in London today doing some CMMI mapping with a chap who is familiar with the model, as well as our implementation of Atern. It was a pretty productive day, I think. I find it so much easier to think when I have someone to bounce thoughts and ideas…
Change Control under DSDM Atern – using MoSCoW
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During a presentation recently, I was asked how an agile project team manages change control. How, the questioner wanted to know, do you deal with new requirements, scope creep and what happens when requirements turn out to be a lot bigger than you expected?…
Presentations – don't send material in advance
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I recently agreed to give a presentation at a project manager's forum meeting. Without knowing the date, I completed the presentation and only then discovered that the meeting was on a day when I was away for a few days. Unable to deliver the presentation…
Integrating Agile into PRINCE2
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Back in July 2010, I received an email asking me to comment on a white paper which described "the benefits of running PRINCE2 and DSDM together and to provide a general overview on how to achieve this". To put this in context, I work in an organisation…
Laws of Project Management
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Here's a post I wrote back in July 2006. Amazing how little my philosophy has changed since then, despite embracing agile. If you are new to the profession, here's my top 5 'laws' * If you are not busy, you're missing something. *…
An Agilist by nature?
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This is not my first blog. I started blogging under a different identity – an anonymous one – back in 2006. It was, like this one, about my working life. But in 2009 I stopped. Just yesterday I wondered why and just a few minutes ago I went back…