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 »

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 »

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 »

New 1-day Kanban bootcamp

We have noticed that interest in the Kanban Method has been growing steadily over the years. We have always resisted creating a Kanban-focused bootcamp because we feel that it is difficult to give a one-approach-fits-all summary of Kanban; we much prefer a tailor-made approach through coaching. However, some of our private clients have requested a… 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 »

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 »

The Goal becomes graphic

What’s your favourite business-focused book? Someone asked me this the other day. Although I considered Dan Pink’s Drive, Cialdini’s Influence, Duckworth’s Grit, Hubbard’s How to Measure Anything and a raft of others, it had to be Goldratt’s The Goal. Now it’s in graphic form!   The book, first published in 1984, was not just the best explanation of the… Read More »