Author Archives: David Lowe

How to work like a startup

Following on from last week’s ‘What is an entrepreneur?‘ post, I thought we’d look at how to act like a startup. If you remember, a team had asked me to help them think differently. They were stuck in a rut (building something that they weren’t sure was going to solve the most important problem) and… Read More »

What is an entrepreneur?

Me: “Who can name an entrepreneur?” Team: “Richard Branson. Elon Musk …” Me: “Does anyone know them personally?” Team: “No.” Me: “Does anyone know an entrepreneur personally?” Team member: “You won’t know him, but a guy I know called Bob is an entrepreneur” Me: “Good. Are you entrepreneurs?” Team: “Er … no” Me: “Do you… Read More »

Ask-learn-evaluate cycle

What’s the best way to go about building a new product, service or solution? Many will say that it is Lean Startup’s build-measure-learn cycle. I don’t disagree that it makes sense testing assumptions and getting early feedback, but I believe that there’s a process that precedes it. I’d argue that build-measure-learn is the second step… Read More »

NEW estimating and forecasting workshop

As regulars will know, we have been discussing estimating and forecasting quite a lot over the last few years. There are some marvellous books out there but one thing we found absent was a straightforward, practical review of the various techniques used for estimation and forecasting. So, we decided to build a hands-on, exercise-based workshop.… Read More »

Spring clean

I love this time of year as Spring brings such a sense of promise: more daylight, warmer weather, a new Baseball season, a few Bank Holiday weekends, and the ‘Spring clean’. This annual ritual of cleaning the house dates back more than 3,000 years and has a multitude of benefits, including reducing stress, increasing energy,… Read More »

Back from the brink

“If you carry on like this, you are very likely to have a heart attack in the next 5 to 10 years” ~ John That’s the kind of message that hits home. John’s argument as to why he thought this was very convincing: if I didn’t change my actions, my lifestyle was going to have… Read More »

Sprint Reports

If I mentioned a ‘Sprint Report’ to most teams, I’d expect a response along the lines of: A report on what we did in the Sprint? That sounds a bit over the top, doesn’t it?! You’ll be suggesting I do a Gantt chart next! Although I’d prefer something tangible for users to get their hands on… Read More »

New boardroom buzzword

“There’s a new buzzword in the boardroom … agile”. That’s how the latest episode of CEO Guru, by Steve Tappin, on BBC started. Once I’d picked myself off the floor and wiped the tears of laughter away, I plucked up the strength to watch the rest of the 4-minute video. I was preparing myself for… Read More »

Timeline ice-breaker

Ice-breakers are good way to warm up a group before getting stuck into the main focus of a meeting. Although there are plenty of fun and entertaining ice-breakers out there (e.g. draw a picture of someone else in the room without taking your pen off the paper) many of these have no relevance to the forthcoming meeting.… Read More »