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… Read More »Dual-track agile
A couple of months ago, I talked about trying to innovate on society’s real-life problems. My idea was to create an environment where we could harness the power of great minds (who are not currently connected to the problem) to bring fresh ideas and explore new options. Last month, we ran… Read More »Innovating courts
How does your organisation measure success? Most people would probably answer that question by stating some sort of financial performance metric: revenue, margin, sales, EBITDA. Of course they would. After all, we are in business to make money. So what happens when our efforts are entirely focussed on those metrics,… Read More »Financial targets aren’t customer focussed goals
“Brush your hair.” “Eat your breakfast.” “Have you brushed your teeth?” “Bag packed?” “Shoes on. Put your shoes on. Come on, put your shoes on. We need to go!” That’s a typical morning when I’m getting the kids ready for school. It’s stressful (more to me than them). It appears that this… Read More »Family flow
“If we put a bunch of amazing people in a room together, they could think up innovative solutions to some of society’s real-life problems. We know a load of amazing people and we know people who are trying to improve society.” This was the sudden realisation I had back in April.… Read More »Designing a world in which we want to live
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… Read More »Calming the noise
“So a Scrum team has three roles: Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development team. Where does the project manager fit in?” This is a common question when someone first encounters Scrum. They are naturally concerned that there will suddenly be no project management, and try to work out whether the… Read More »What happens to a project manager when you start using Scrum?
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… Read More »Kanban boards
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… Read More »Where is Agile on the adoption curve?