Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Client: ‘They aren’t actioning my request!’ Jim: ‘When did you ask them for it?’ Client: ‘Let me think… I raised a ticket in Jira a week or so ago and nothing has happened.’ That was an actual conversation we had with a client… Read More »Core value of Agile #1
Individuals and Interactions
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. The Agile Manifesto (Beck et al., 2001) says: We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do… Read More »What are the Agile Manifesto’s 4 core values?
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
Trust is a much overlooked commodity in knowledge working environments. Moving away from traditional working methods to something more Agile isn’t enough on its own to fix this problem; it takes effort from managers and teams to build a trusting relationship. I recently went through the process of re-mortgaging, something… Read More »My Solicitor – The Un-trusted Knowledge Worker
There are three pillars underpinning any empirical process: transparency, inspection and adaptation. Teams are generally familiar with inspection and adaptation, after all, frameworks like Scrum are quite prescriptive about the need for retrospectives. Teams often overlook transparency. There are a number of ways in which a team can be transparent. Firstly, they can… Read More »Transparency – The Missing Pillar
We all know that trust is the cornerstone of all good relationships, whether that be with family members, friends or even with our teams at work. Patrick Lencioni backs this notion up in his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by illustrating that an ‘absence of trust’ will mean teams… Read More »Johari Window
“A picture is worth a thousand words”. In many cases that hundred year old adage proves to be true. In fact, I thought of that saying the other night when I was lying on the sofa in my living room. I was looking up at the ceiling when I remembered… Read More »A picture is worth a thousand words
Story, Epic or even Saga, what is the difference? David Lowe’s post from last year gives a good description of each. However, in my opinion, there is not much difference. A story, epic or saga all narrate the type of user, the need of the user, and the value returned… Read More »Don’t forget to add in the conversation
In my recent post; Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools I discussed how there may be difficulties with how we interact with each other. So how might be a good way to talk to one another? Marshall Rosenberg, a well-known psychologist, created a communication process in the early… Read More »A better way to communicate?
During a talk last week about certain aspects of the Agile Manifesto I began thinking about the manifesto’s first statement Individuals and Interactions over processes and tools. I’m sure we all know that the textbook definition to this is that we value the people and the communication between the people… Read More »Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools