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 »

How to deal with dependencies

The London Agile Discussion Group (LADG) held a meetup on the 28th of June with a focus on dependencies in agile teams. This was my first time at a meetup of this group and I found it quite insightful. For this meetup we split into 2 groups, with 10-15 people per group. After a couple… Read More »

The heart of agile

We co-hosted an amazing talk from Alistair Cockburn on Tuesday 14 June. He entertained us with a talk where he took shu, ha, ri to another level. Shu-ha-ri is a Japanese martial art concept that is well-used in our industry. In case you have somehow missed it, it describes the stages a martial arts student… Read More »

The Mariachi MVP

“We’re taking a 4-piece professional mariachi band around the City of London on 27 July 2016 to celebrate small wins that teams have.” Imagine the following: Scenario A Your team has a small success (maybe a release of a significant feature. Or they hit a milestone in terms of subscribers. Maybe someone announces their engagement… Read More »

Brier scores

In our current experiment, around 80 people made predictions on the Euro 2016 football competition. Participants range from 8 to 80 years old, from people who have never watched a match to a BBC football journalist, from Europeans to Americans. Each participant made 36 predictions (one for each of the group matches) in the month before the… Read More »

Independent feedback

I’m always on the lookout for ways of getting better engagement, from planning sessions to retrospectives, project kick-offs to project wrap-ups, workshops to meetups. How can you get independent thoughts that aren’t influenced by that loud/experienced/dominating participant? One tool that I experienced recently (which was being used to get feedback at the end of a… Read More »

Alistair Cockburn talk

Following the success of its recent session focusing on Alistair Cockburn’s Crystal Clear, the London Agile Discussion Group has teamed up with the London Scrum User Group, London Code Dojo and Adventures with Agile for an evening with Cockburn during a rare visit to the UK on 14 June 2016. Entitled “Returning to the Heart of… Read More »

Our summer experiment

If you’re a regular to, you’ll know that James and I have been talking about estimation and forecasting quite a bit. We’ve also run a few experiments on the topic. Two books in particular have raised interesting ideas. Firstly, Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds talked about how crowds can beat individual ‘experts’ (given the correct… Read More »

Turbine – In Brief

Turbine is a recently published “methodology” that outlines a vision for the continuous delivery of business value driven software iterations. The creators of Turbine; Marco Tedone and John Ferguson Smart, have put together a manifesto and a supporting structure for how a Turbine style delivery environment can be achieved, consisting of environment conditions in the form of their… Read More »

Estimation meets Cynefin

Question: Which provides a better estimate: Planning Poker or an ‘expert’? Many teams would answer that question by saying Planning Poker is always better than an expert’s estimates. We’ve been told it’s the case so many times, that few question it. Truth is, an expert estimate is sometimes more appropriate than an estimate created using Planning Poker. Sometimes… Read More »