Johari Window

We all know that trust is the cornerstone of all good relationships, whether that be with family members, friends or even with our teams at work. Patrick Lencioni backs this notion up in his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by illustrating that an ‘absence of trust’ will mean teams are unlikely to be successful.… Read More »

A new game

Although we don’t favour revolutionary changes, most of us first experience agile through a radical and wholesale transformation to Scrum. Along with all the changes to roles, meetings and working approach, we find ourselves bombarded with new terminology. Two terms that seem to confuse many newbies (and not-so-newbies) are incremental and iterative. I discuss the… Read More »

What is Test-Driven Development?

I’ve been asked about TDD and BDD by a few people over the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d post a couple of summaries and some useful links. Let’s start with TDD. Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a development approach, not testing as many think of it. As Dan Ashby says, “TDD is actually… Read More »

Agile Glasto

The weather forecasters said we were in for days of rain but Saturday, the day of the conference, would be fine. Friday saw a deluge and soaked everyone to the skin. Surely the Agile on the Bench conference wasn’t going to be a wash-out? But we always have sun. Even in autumn and winter. Sure… Read More »

Only two weeks away

“Overpriced, far away and unsure of what I’m going to get”. That’s what many people think about agile conferences. So Emily Webber and I set out to address these problems with Agile on the Bench goes Camping, and we reckon we’ve nailed it. The conference costs £35 a ticket (including lunch, your campsite pitch and more).… Read More »

Scaled Scrum is just Scrum

I’ve always been a believer that, rather than focusing on scaling agile, you should just focus on being Agile. However, over the last few years, a number of frameworks have emerged with the aim of ‘scaling’ Agile. SAFe and LeSS are two such examples of scaling frameworks. Scrum.org has now also thrown its hat into the… Read More »