Author Archives: David Lowe

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 »

Is certification worth it?

Next week, the London Agile Discussion Group is meeting to discuss certification. As of today, over 500,000 people have taken one of the entry-level Scrum Alliance courses (CSM, CSPO, CSD). That’s about $500m of training courses to the certified Scrum Alliance trainers (and $17.5m in exam entrance fees to Scrum Alliance). Some people say that… Read More »

New LADG logo

I remember drawing a logo for the London Agile Discussion Group many, many years ago. It was only meant to be a placeholder. Four years later, it’s still there. But finally I’ve asked someone to draw us a better one. Below are 4 logos that have been created by different artists on Fiverr. Which do you like?… Read More »

Interview with Sallyann Freudenberg

This is the fourth in our series of interviews with interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. This week we interview Sallyann Freudenberg who is a Neurodiversity advocate, Aspie, Agile/Lean consultant, coach and practitioner, psychology of software development researcher, vegihooligan, ageing punk-rocker [her words, not our’s!]. S&K: Explain what you do in one… Read More »

Agile Mentor Circle

In theory, agile and Scrum are relatively simple. The Agile Manifesto (including the 12 principles) is only 264 words and the Scrum Guide is only 14 pages. But there’s more to it than just theory though, right? That’s why decent training courses spend a few days trying to simulate how agile and Scrum might work… Read More »

Imposter Syndrome

I want to know which wines I should buy that are within my budget but also to my taste. That was my starting point just over ten years ago. I was fed up buying wines that I didn’t enjoy – even when I spent twice the money I’d usually pay (i.e. about £10). One course… Read More »

The origins of Scrum

This week’s blog post is based on a chapter from our book, Scrum 101: the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum, which is available to buy for $12.60.   The ‘rugby approach’ was first described by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka in a Harvard Business Review article in 1986 titled ‘The New New Product Development… Read More »