Interview with Liz Keogh

We are starting a new series of posts where we interview interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. First off is Liz Keogh, Lean/Agile consultant, hard-core BDDer, speaker, blogger, poet, fantasy author, pattern hunter, complexity thinker, Londoner and unrepentant Goth. S&K: Explain what you do in one sentence? Liz: I make the world… Read More »

SAFe

“Why do we need a framework to scale agile? What does scaling agile even mean? Is it just another money-making scheme? Is it just a vehicle for Leffingwell to make a name for himself?” These were the kind of comments I started making back in 2013 when I first heard of SAFe (I even found the… Read More »

Down with the kids

Inspiration sometimes comes from unlikely places. Last weekend, I took my children to the Story Museum in Oxford for a reading of The BFG (by the amazing stage actor Anthony Pedley. Anyone with children will know what happens after any such event: there is an obligatory trip to the gift shop. Annoyingly, most gift shops… Read More »

Feedback loops

feedback loop n. a circuit that feeds back some of the output to the input of a system When I agreed to run a discussion group on feedback loops, I thought that it would be easy: everyone thinks of the same few feedback loops, right? Wrong. Firstly, if you try to get a list of… Read More »

Distributed teams

Distributed – adj. Dispersed through a space or over an area; spread; scattered. ~ Dictionary.com Most people agree that teams often work better if they sit together. I like the osmotic sharing of information that it gives. I like the camaraderie that it brings. I like the team spirit that is generated and the trust… Read More »

What is the Prime Directive?

“Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.” ∼ The Prime Directive Originating from Norman L. Kerth’s book, Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews, it… Read More »

It’s all about you

Over the years, you have heard a lot about our experiences … so now it’s your turn: we are going to run a couple of new series looking at what is happening in your teams and organisations. The first is titled ‘Talk the board’ (in a nod to the stand-up style called walk-the-board whereby teams… Read More »

New book release

We have finally finished our first book! “Scrum 101: the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum” in now available to buy on LeanPub. Why did we write a book? I was finding that the same questions were cropping up during training sessions and talks that I was giving on agile and Scrum. So I… Read More »

Changes to The Scrum Guide

This week’s blog post is an excerpt from our newly released book, Scrum 101:the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum, which is available on LeanPub.   There are five Scrum values: Commitment The Scrum Guide™ requires that “People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team.” This means that everyone in the… Read More »