What is the scientific method?

My previous post about working like a startup mentioned the scientific method around which my favoured way of working revolves. In fact, with our small feedback loops and Bayesian planning (that is, taking new information and adjusting our plans), many agile teams are using this method without knowing it. So what is it? The best… Read More »

How to work like a startup

Following on from last week’s ‘What is an entrepreneur?‘ post, I thought we’d look at how to act like a startup. If you remember, a team had asked me to help them think differently. They were stuck in a rut (building something that they weren’t sure was going to solve the most important problem) and… Read More »

What is an entrepreneur?

Me: “Who can name an entrepreneur?” Team: “Richard Branson. Elon Musk …” Me: “Does anyone know them personally?” Team: “No.” Me: “Does anyone know an entrepreneur personally?” Team member: “You won’t know him, but a guy I know called Bob is an entrepreneur” Me: “Good. Are you entrepreneurs?” Team: “Er … no” Me: “Do you… Read More »

Ask-learn-evaluate cycle

What’s the best way to go about building a new product, service or solution? Many will say that it is Lean Startup’s build-measure-learn cycle. I don’t disagree that it makes sense testing assumptions and getting early feedback, but I believe that there’s a process that precedes it. I’d argue that build-measure-learn is the second step… Read More »

NEW estimating and forecasting workshop

As regulars will know, we have been discussing estimating and forecasting quite a lot over the last few years. There are some marvellous books out there but one thing we found absent was a straightforward, practical review of the various techniques used for estimation and forecasting. So, we decided to build a hands-on, exercise-based workshop.… Read More »

Supervision

As coaches, we sometimes end up ploughing a lone furrow in our attempts to help individuals, teams and organisations to develop and improve. Speaking from experience, this isolation can be a little unnerving and often frustrating. The thoughts that have previously entered my mind include: Am I using the right approach? What could I have… Read More »

Spring clean

I love this time of year as Spring brings such a sense of promise: more daylight, warmer weather, a new Baseball season, a few Bank Holiday weekends, and the ‘Spring clean’. This annual ritual of cleaning the house dates back more than 3,000 years and has a multitude of benefits, including reducing stress, increasing energy,… Read More »

Back from the brink

“If you carry on like this, you are very likely to have a heart attack in the next 5 to 10 years” ~ John That’s the kind of message that hits home. John’s argument as to why he thought this was very convincing: if I didn’t change my actions, my lifestyle was going to have… Read More »

What are the Agile Manifesto’s 4 core values?

This week’s blog post is based on a chapter from our book, Scrum 101: the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum, which is available to buy for $12.60. The Agile Manifesto (Beck et al., 2001) says: We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we… Read More »

Sprint Reports

If I mentioned a ‘Sprint Report’ to most teams, I’d expect a response along the lines of: A report on what we did in the Sprint? That sounds a bit over the top, doesn’t it?! You’ll be suggesting I do a Gantt chart next! Although I’d prefer something tangible for users to get their hands on… Read More »