Principles

Teaching your team to ‘Think Agile’

The take-away One key way Agile is far superior to waterfall and most other methodologies is the equal emphasis it puts on both product delivery and process/ systems/ organisational improvement. Unlike waterfall, improvement is built directly into the Agile process. But it’s important to distinguish between Agile tasks [...]

By |2018-03-19T13:06:26+00:00Friday, October 27 2017|Categories: Agile, All, Principles, Process and method, Professionalism, Quality|0 Comments

Agile as… Anti-Satnav

Both my children moved to north London a couple of weeks back. Much to our astonishment, they're sharing an old Carmelite friary with a dozen assorted friends and strangers. And then yesterday, for the first time, we went to visit them. For various reasons to do with Mother's Day we [...]

Agile as… Surgery

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve had a few unusual experiences in my life. I’ve never hiked to Machu Pichu or surfed down the Congo, skydived onto Mount Everest or prepared and eaten my own puffer fish. But I did have a job once where it was quite [...]

The problem isn’t Agile: 3 models of motivation

Introduction Depending on where you like to get your numbers, it’s said that about 50% of all software development now uses Agile. That’s a remarkable achievement for such a profound change to the way we organise our work, our organisations and ourselves. Whether that figure represents 100% successful implementations [...]

By |2018-02-21T10:51:09+00:00Monday, October 16 2017|Categories: Agile, All, Change, Empowerment, Innovation, Leadership, Organisation, Principles, Thought leadership|0 Comments

Simplicity as organised complexity

The Agile Manifesto defines a dozen principles. No.10 is: "Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done – is essential." What does that mean? Well, here are three ways to interpret simplicity, all of which will accelerate delivery, enhance adaptability and generally help you on your [...]

By |2017-03-19T21:00:57+00:00Sunday, October 2 2016|Categories: Agile, All, Management systems, Organisation, Principles|0 Comments

What is a servant-leader?

Agile leadership is often explained in terms of the servant-leader model. The term servant-leader was introduced by Robert Greenfield.* He wrote: “The servant-leader is servant first…It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person [...]

On user involvement

Users are one of the two keys to successful implementation. So here are some thoughts on user involvement: User representatives need to be actively, directly and constantly involved in releases: In story definition. In Release & Iteration Planning, to articulate stories (i.e., before Iteration 0). In Iteration 0, to classify [...]

By |2018-01-18T13:04:07+00:00Friday, August 21 2015|Categories: Agile, All, Empowerment, Principles, Resourcing, Users|0 Comments

10 ways stories aren’t like requirements

It's easy to make Agile fail at the first hurdle: the story. Too many organisations seem intent on sneaking requirements back into the picture. So, very briefly, here are 10 ways stories are different from - in fact opposed to - requirements. Difference So... 1. Stories describe complete units of valued capability – [...]

By |2018-06-11T11:41:43+00:00Thursday, August 13 2015|Categories: Agile, All, Bureaucracy, Innovation, Principles, Process and method, Requirements, Stories|0 Comments

Do Agile titles matter?

I'm currently implementing Agile at a large American bank. We're just getting to the point where we map what Agile means against what they currently do, so we can identify the real nature of the changes Agile calls for. One issue that has already come up - as it always does - [...]

By |2018-01-18T13:09:23+00:00Monday, August 10 2015|Categories: Agile, All, Bureaucracy, Change, Language, Management systems, Principles, Process and method|0 Comments
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