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 Scrum the same as Agile?

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. Agile is the underlying values and principles that Scrum lives by as documented in the Agile Manifesto (Beck et al., 2001). You cannot apply the Scrum framework without… 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 »

Portfolio Kanban and Prioritising with Cost of Delay

Portfolio Kanban is exactly what it sounds like – applying the Kanban Method to manage work at portfolio level. Essentially, creating a system to manage options: epics, projects or any work at a level where it hasn’t been decomposed by a delivery team for implementation. There isn’t a huge amount of reference material out there specifically… 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 »

What is the Agile Manifesto?

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. In 2001, a group of seventeen software specialists met in a ski resort in Utah, USA. They came from a variety of backgrounds and had no unifying approach,… Read More »

What is 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. Scrum is a framework that can be used to help apply the core values and principles of the Agile Manifesto (Beck et al., 2001), and is especially effective… 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 »