Category Archives: roles

Is pairing just for developers?

Last weekend I was chatting with my Dad about his current work project, and our conversation led me to start thinking about pair programming and pairing in general. The idea of pair programming was popularised from the early days of eXtreme Programming or XP. The book Extreme Programming Explained written by Kent Beck describes pair… Read More »

Don’t forget to add in the conversation

Story, Epic or even Saga, what is the difference? David Lowe’s post from last year gives a good description of each. However, in my opinion, there is not much difference. A story, epic or saga all narrate the type of user, the need of the user, and the value returned by fulfilling that need. The… Read More »

Testing is an activity, not a role

In traditional software development environments, testing may have been something that was outsourced. One group of people wrote the code and handed it off to a different team for testing. More recently, as the Principles of Agile were created and the Scrum framework in particular was popularised, cross functional teams have become the norm. The… Read More »

G.R.O.W as a Coach

In my last post, Coaching v Mentoring, I talked about how, in my opinion, a Coach is someone who helps people “identify and achieve their goals” and that a coach should do this through questioning rather than “the coach influencing or giving their own opinion on the subject”. Surely, this is easier said than done?… Read More »

Retro: The Movie

How good are your retrospectives? Could they be better? Do you have the opportunity to watch other teams’ retros? Is there someone who you can invite to critique your meetings? During my time at Net-A-Porter, I was lucky enough to work with some excellent people and we helped each other improve. However, at a recent… Read More »

Help is coming!

“I went back to the office after completing the 2-day Certified ScrumMaster course. People expected me to have answers and solutions, but nobody was offering me any support. I felt lost and alone.”   Heard that before? Yes, we had too. So a group of us at a Scrum retreat in June 2014 decided to… Read More »