Writing an Agile Article for a Proper Journal

The work of the agile business analyst is never done is one of the conclusions reached in my first agile article for online journal InfoQ User Stories Are Placeholders for Requirements. At 3500 words plus five key take-away points, and … Continued

The Secrets of the Sprint Planning Meeting Revealed

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8512982@N05/1683497974 Why is the Sprint Planning meeting so difficult to get right? Agiliser Russ Lewis reveals secrets of the meeting that the Scrum Guide time-boxes to eight hours and describes in just 704 words. Remember your first computing … Continued

Use Scrum Planning Meetings for Agile Delivery

There are three regular planning events in Scrum, and although each has a different objective and audience they form the basic mechanism for Agile delivery and risk-management. Managers that understand the purpose of these three meetings will be able to … Continued

Storm in the Top 100 Agile Blogs

Many thanks to the team at Oikosofy for including this blog in the Top 100 Agile blogs. We only just got in, at number 98 – but we’re in none-the-less and I’m delighted for the recognition. It’s even given me … Continued

Who are You, Agile Coach?

This post is an homage to the brilliant coach Lyssa Adkins, who explains the inexplicable work of the Agile coach in her book “Coaching Agile Teams“. It’s a bright autumn morning as I drive through les Alpes Maritimes to work. … Continued

Scrum in Large Organisations: Are you LOST?

Scrum was never intended for large organisations but those are the places it’s being used. People doing it often seem quite lost, hence the need for a simple guide to surviving Scrum in large organisations. With tongue firmly placed in … Continued

What Does Digital Mean?

I first became aware of a shift from analogue to digital in the 70s. We were school kids then and music was everything to us. We talked, pretentiously, as much about the quality of the sound as we did about … Continued

Agile Coaching – Who should be Coached?

Photo courtesy of Institute for Sustainability Several people I respect have written recently on the subject of Agile coaching. The question they all pose is ‘who should be your coach?’ The next question is: who should be coached for Agile? … Continued

When to press the Emergency Stop Button

Agile and Lean wisdom teaches us that hitting the stop button is something best avoided. Seymour Cray’s 1964 supercomputer had an Emergency Stop button on the operator’s console. It’s at 5 o’clock to the right-hand ‘bug’s eye’. The CDC 6600 … Continued

In an Agile Lean World, do we need Phase Gates?

Everyone wants to meet project deadlines in a timely fashion, no matter whether they’re using Agile or Waterfall methods Is this as another Agile vs Waterfall face-off? I was at a briefing session last week on developing a product portfolio. … Continued

Agile Legal Contracts: an Oxymoron?

Are the words Agile and Contract even compatible? The goal of Agile is delivering value when detailed long-term planning either isn’t useful or possible. There are recent signs of change however. The UK government is looking into contracts that make … Continued

Agile Business Analysis: Developer or Analyst Role?

Inspired by the post What Increases Project Risk? which explored the collaboration between project managers and the management function, here’s an ‘agile process improvement’ response to one of those risks. Do developers need to understand the business before coding? Right … Continued

What Increases Project Risk?

Agile or Waterfall, Ignore Project Risk at your Peril This question got Project Managers (not agile PMs by the way) rather fired-up recently. Their answers help reveal the extent of the underlying problem. Of 105 replies, the collective opinion on … Continued

Is it Time for an Agile Leadership Management Model?

Goodbye Leader Manager, Hello Owner Manager Agile and lean approaches to developing ‘things’ are more popular now than ever, as leaders see that an iterative and incremental approach gives them greater flexibility, quality and productivity at a lower cost. Increased … Continued