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 »

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 »