Autonomy in practice

During a recent consulting engagement, I was working with the leadership team on the next phase of their organisational evolution. We were talking about the kind of culture they wanted to build, and the topic of autonomy was raised. The concept of autonomy has been popularised by Dan Pink in his book, Drive, in which he… Read More »

Baseball stats?

Batting average, runs, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, on-base slugging, earned run average, strikeouts, etc, etc. There are literally hundreds of statistics that surround baseball. Everything is measured. Keeping such records dates back to the 19th Century, but has stepped up a gear since the development of Sabermetrics from the 1960s, and made… Read More »

Predicting the President

Did they really get it wrong? Surely after Brexit the pundits wouldn’t be that stupid. This week, we look back at the forecasting from the last 6 months on who would be the 45th President. The hot Helmut Norpoth of Stony Brook University predicted Trump as President. His statistical model uses each candidates’ primary results (as… Read More »

Interview with Mike Burrows

This is the third in our series of interviews interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. This week is with Mike Burrows who is the founder of agendashift (tools for Lean-Agile transformation), author of Kanban from the Inside, consultant, trainer and coach. S&K: Explain what you do in one sentence? Mike: Lean-Agile transformation,… Read More »

The paradox of the Agile Coach

Introduction What is an ‘Agile Coach’? Aren’t those two words contradictory? I removed the ‘Agile’ part when describing what I do a few months ago and a meetup this week raised the same topic. So what’s the problem? Coach definition Jenny Rogers, in her book Coaching Skills, says “Coaching starts and finishes with the client’s… Read More »

LADG is 100!!!!

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday London Agile Discussion Group, Happy birthday to you.   Last week, the London Agile Discussion Group held its 100th session. It all began over 4 years earlier … On Tuesday 20 August 2012, I climbed the stairs to a tiny room above a pub in… Read More »

Talk the Board: Sky

In our new series, we ask people to talk us through how they visualise their work flow. First off the bat is Sky’s Mattia Battiston.   Our Context We are a stable team of 5-6 developers, 2 testers, 1 business analyst, 1 team leader. We look after a family of applications to cover a whole… Read More »

Interview with Pawel Brodzinski

This is the second in our new series of interviews interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. This week is with Pawel Brodzinski who is a Leader of Lunar Logic, persistent experimenter, whiteboard junkie, Lean and Agile coach, prolific blogger. S&K: Explain what you do in one sentence? Pawel: I do whatever… Read More »

CSM course in Reading

From November 2016, we’ll be running Certified Scrum Master courses in the Thames Valley (the first one is in Reading) Hang on! Haven’t I always said that experience is more important than certification?! I still believe that … so I’ve teamed up with one of the best trainers in the UK to deliver a course… Read More »

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 »