Agile Manifesto

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… Read More »Is Scrum the same as Agile?

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… Read More »What is the Agile Manifesto?

Basics of Scrum talk (London)

Location: London, United Kingdom Date: 30 November 2016 Regular Price: £tbc + VAT Trainer: David Lowe Gain an understanding of the principles behind this popular project management framework. In this class you’ll get a brief history and explanation of the core values and principles of the Agile Manifesto and how Scrum relates to… Read More »Basics of Scrum talk (London)

Turbine – In Brief

Turbine is a recently published “methodology” that outlines a vision for the continuous delivery of business value driven software iterations. The creators of Turbine; Marco Tedone and John Ferguson Smart, have put together a manifesto and a supporting structure for how a Turbine style delivery environment can be achieved, consisting of environment conditions… Read More »Turbine – In Brief

What is Crystal Clear?

I’m sure you know how the Agile Manifesto came into existence. 17 men met in a ski resort in 2001 and, although they had different approaches to software development, they all shared certain beliefs. They formed the Manifesto that comprises four core values and 12 principles. But did you know… Read More »What is Crystal Clear?

An Obsession with Labels

Having spent the last 5 years working in retail, and specifically high end fashion, I’ve seen a lot of obsessing over labels. You might expect that of the retail fashion industry, but it seems this obsession with labels has made its way into the software development community too. Using a framework like Scrum is… Read More »An Obsession with Labels

Is Father Christmas agile?

I recently met the head of one of the world’s oldest organisations. Despite being incredibly high profile and serving millions of customers each year, their delivery process is far from perfect. As we sat chatting over a glass of sherry and a mince pie (apparently he never tires of them), the… Read More »Is Father Christmas agile?

Advice for newbies

Question 1: If someone with no agile knowledge asked you where to start in learning about agile (in order to get a job in our industry), what one recommendation would you give them? Question 2: If someone with a basic knowledge and some experience of agile asked you how to… Read More »Advice for newbies


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I was recently involved in a release planning discussion where someone referred to an action that needed to be “handed over to the DevOps” team. I was slightly confused by what this meant. When I questioned this, I was told that what was meant by DevOps in this instance was… Read More »DevOps

Alignment a.k.a Collaboration

The principles behind the agile manifesto are clear in their message on collaboration: “Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.” Yet, there are still companies out there where the visions of the development teams and business teams do not align. They either have different targets or they simply haven’t taken… Read More »Alignment a.k.a Collaboration