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 »

What are the Agile Manifesto’s 4 core values?

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 Agile Manifesto (Beck et al., 2001) says: We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we… 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 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 »