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 scrumandkanban.co.uk, 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 »

My Solicitor – The Un-trusted Knowledge Worker

Trust is a much overlooked commodity in knowledge working environments. Moving away from traditional working methods to something more Agile isn’t enough on its own to fix this problem; it takes effort from managers and teams to build a trusting relationship. I recently went through the process of re-mortgaging, something that thousands of people do… Read More »