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 »

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 »

Autonomy in practice

During a recent consulting engagement, I was working with the leadership team on the next phase of their organisational evolution. We were talking about the kind of culture they wanted to build, and the topic of autonomy was raised. The concept of autonomy has been popularised by Dan Pink in his book, Drive, in which he… Read More »

Baseball stats?

Batting average, runs, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, on-base slugging, earned run average, strikeouts, etc, etc. There are literally hundreds of statistics that surround baseball. Everything is measured. Keeping such records dates back to the 19th Century, but has stepped up a gear since the development of Sabermetrics from the 1960s, and made… Read More »

Predicting the President

Did they really get it wrong? Surely after Brexit the pundits wouldn’t be that stupid. This week, we look back at the forecasting from the last 6 months on who would be the 45th President. The hot Helmut Norpoth of Stony Brook University predicted Trump as President. His statistical model uses each candidates’ primary results (as… Read More »

Interview with Mike Burrows

This is the third in our series of interviews interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. This week is with Mike Burrows who is the founder of agendashift (tools for Lean-Agile transformation), author of Kanban from the Inside, consultant, trainer and coach. S&K: Explain what you do in one sentence? Mike: Lean-Agile transformation,… Read More »

The paradox of the Agile Coach

Introduction What is an ‘Agile Coach’? Aren’t those two words contradictory? I removed the ‘Agile’ part when describing what I do a few months ago and a meetup this week raised the same topic. So what’s the problem? Coach definition Jenny Rogers, in her book Coaching Skills, says “Coaching starts and finishes with the client’s… Read More »