Category Archives: agile

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 »

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 »

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 £9.90. 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 »

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 »

LADG is 100!!!!

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday London Agile Discussion Group, Happy birthday to you.   Last week, the London Agile Discussion Group held its 100th session. It all began over 4 years earlier … On Tuesday 20 August 2012, I climbed the stairs to a tiny room above a pub in… Read More »

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 »

SAFe

“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 »

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 »