Talk the Board: Sky

In our new series, we ask people to talk us through how they visualise their work flow. First off the bat is Sky’s Mattia Battiston.   Our Context We are a stable team of 5-6 developers, 2 testers, 1 business analyst, 1 team leader. We look after a family of applications to cover a whole… Read More »

Interview with Pawel Brodzinski

This is the second in our new series of interviews interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. This week is with Pawel Brodzinski who is a Leader of Lunar Logic, persistent experimenter, whiteboard junkie, Lean and Agile coach, prolific blogger. S&K: Explain what you do in one sentence? Pawel: I do whatever… Read More »

CSM course in Reading

From November 2016, we’ll be running Certified Scrum Master courses in the Thames Valley (the first one is in Reading) Hang on! Haven’t I always said that experience is more important than certification?! I still believe that … so I’ve teamed up with one of the best trainers in the UK to deliver a course… Read More »

Interview with Liz Keogh

We are starting a new series of posts where we interview interesting people (sometimes loosely) related to our agile and lean world. First off is Liz Keogh, Lean/Agile consultant, hard-core BDDer, speaker, blogger, poet, fantasy author, pattern hunter, complexity thinker, Londoner and unrepentant Goth. S&K: Explain what you do in one sentence? Liz: I make the world… Read More »


“Why do we need a framework to scale agile? What does scaling agile even mean? Is it just another money-making scheme? Is it just a vehicle for Leffingwell to make a name for himself?” These were the kind of comments I started making back in 2013 when I first heard of SAFe (I even found the… Read More »

Down with the kids

Inspiration sometimes comes from unlikely places. Last weekend, I took my children to the Story Museum in Oxford for a reading of The BFG (by the amazing stage actor Anthony Pedley). Anyone with children will know what happens after any such event: there is an obligatory trip to the gift shop. Annoyingly, most gift shops… Read More »

Feedback loops

feedback loop n. a circuit that feeds back some of the output to the input of a system When I agreed to run a discussion group on feedback loops, I thought that it would be easy: everyone thinks of the same few feedback loops, right? Wrong. Firstly, if you try to get a list of… Read More »

Distributed teams

Distributed – adj. Dispersed through a space or over an area; spread; scattered. ~ Most people agree that teams often work better if they sit together. I like the osmotic sharing of information that it gives. I like the camaraderie that it brings. I like the team spirit that is generated and the trust… Read More »

What is the Prime Directive?

“Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.” ∼ The Prime Directive Originating from Norman L. Kerth’s book, Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews, it… Read More »

It’s all about you

Over the years, you have heard a lot about our experiences … so now it’s your turn: we are going to run a couple of new series looking at what is happening in your teams and organisations. The first is titled ‘Talk the board’ (in a nod to the stand-up style called walk-the-board whereby teams… Read More »