Category Archives: concept

Calming the noise

With our addictive apps, sticky widgets, and blindly engaging interactions, we’ve created an era of distraction and fear. How familiar is the following scenario? You’re focusing on writing an email when your watch vibrates to alert you to a new email. Buzz. You give it a quick glance, decide to deal with it later and… Read More »

Kanban boards

What is this? “It’s a Kanban board” is the most common answer. It’s not. It might be an “Agile Board” or a “Scrum Board”, but it’s not a Kanban board. Here’s why. Although 看板 (Kanban) has multiple meanings in Japanese, what we (and the people who claim boards like the one above are Kanban boards) mean… 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 »

Outcomes, not features

Take a look at your product backlog. What does it look like? Is it a prioritised list of features that your client or PO have asked for? Most are. If you’re lucky it might be a list of features that are based on needs which you’ve gleaned from real users. But is this how you… Read More »

Nudge

Nudge is a book that investigates the philosophical questions around influencing people. Although it was first published in 2008, it is still as relevant today. And it’s made an impact on how organisations think. Organisations such as governments. I’ll paraphrase their example to explain. Let’s pretend that you run your local secondary school’s self-service canteen.… Read More »

Scrum Guide changes

In November 2017, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland presented their revisions to The Scrum Guide™. The recording of the webinar is available on Vimeo. It is just over 55 minutes long. Here is a summary of the major changes: 1) Uses of Scrum The new Guide now has an additional section titled ‘Uses of Scrum’… Read More »

Snakes & ladders

I can’t stand a boring retro. Doesn’t the thought of another session of happy face, sad face makes you want to pull the duvet over your head and snooze the alarm clock? So, whenever I’m working with a team, I try not to run the same retro format twice. Sometimes this results in the obscure… Read More »

Please don’t reduce my queue

I spend most of my time talking to people about identifying bottlenecks in their system so they can improve the flow of work passing through it. It doesn’t matter whether it is building software, creating physical tools, or writing policy within government. However, a recent article about a theme park in The Netherlands made me… Read More »