Category Archives: agile

I spy a dysfunction in the house

Charlie is at his wits end. He and his team suffer from their organisation’s bad practices on a daily basis and he has had enough. He writes his resignation letter, listing a dozen problems. Some of you will recognise this as the start to my new book, a story about a fictional organisation called Nuttinghams.… Read More »

Agile coaching certification

So you’re an “agile coach” day-to-day, but you want to get some sort of certification. Which one should you get? Here’s a summary of some of the most popular options. Agile Coach (ICP-ACC) ICAgile has a number of tracks, two of them relating to coaching: Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) and Coaching Agile Transitions (ICP-CAT). ICAgile says… Read More »

Dual-track agile

I often get asked how researchers and designers are meant to synchronise with the development team. Split-team agile (aka mini-waterfall) “Is it okay to have research and design running one sprint ahead of the build team?”   Their suggestion is that we split the team in two: sub-team A (usually researchers and/or designers) and sub-team… Read More »

Where is Agile on the adoption curve?

Where are Agile and Scrum on the adoption curve? What about Kanban? XP? SAFe? Waterfall? This is what we recently asked attendees at the London Agile Discussion Group. What is the adoption curve? The Diffusion of Innovations, or adoption curve, seeks to explain how, why and at what rate new ideas and innovations spread. The… Read More »

Nexus

As per my previous post on SAFe, if you have multiple teams working on individual products with minimal dependencies, then I don’t think you should worry about scaling; multiple independent Scrum teams can work harmoniously alongside each other just fine. However, some organisations believe they need multiple teams working on the same thing. They then… Read More »

The Ultimate Test of Agility

…has got to be early parenthood. The arrival of that new addition to your family puts pay to even the best laid plans, regardless of how prepared you may think you are. Having experienced it myself in the last few weeks, I’ve been responding to both the physical and emotional changes it brings. How do… Read More »

Our 2018 new year quiz

We know that getting back into the swing of work can be tough. So we’ve created an Agile-themed crossword to get your brain working again. Once you have completed the crossword, rearrange the ten yellow letters to form a word and send it to quiz@scrumandkanban.co.uk for your chance to win a prize. Closing date is… Read More »