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Mar 0
Mar 0

A breath of fresh air

I changed the format of my team’s story cards on our Kanban board recently.  I think the previous format had been in effect for around two years. Since formally picking up Scrum, a few years back, which involved transitioning from an electronic story tracker to a physical one, the format had been to write out […]

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Mar 0
Mar 0

Dev Bake Day

How often do you get together as a team to do some extended activities? I’m not talking about the 15 minutes you spend in stand-up meetings every day, and I’m not even talking about the few hours that you spend every iteration in planning and review meetings together.   The importance of planning distractions If […]

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Mar 1
Mar 1

Is this what you wanted? (Product Management vs. Lean/Agile)

One of the most problematic and misunderstood aspects of Agile is the “Voice of Customer” aka “Product Owner” function, and I’m not just saying that because it’s my job right now. I’ve been familiar with the idea of “Voice of Customer” ever since my first dealings with eXtreme Programming which emphasises keeping the customer close […]

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Feb 0
Feb 0

Don’t Panic

  Some days it seems like my job is mostly about not allowing people to panic. Or at least pointedly ignoring those who do. I hate doing it, I really do — it’s not in my nature to ignore people’s emotions, or their ideas or inputs, but I simply can’t allow the presence of panic […]

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Feb 0
Feb 0

The sound of awesomeness

I mentioned the “awesome bell” (pictured) in my post about some of the tools I’d require to implement Scrum. I want to briefly say a little bit more about why this bit of kit is so important. The way it works is that whenever a Story in the current Sprint goes to Done (i.e. done-done), […]

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Feb 0
Feb 0

Tools of the Trade

I recently blogged about why the Agile tenet of people and interactions over processes and tools was so important. Please feel free to give it a read – hope you don’t find it too pious.  That got me thinking – what’s the minimum set of tools I would need to run a functional Scrum team? […]

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Feb 0
Feb 0

The Art of Trusting People

In today’s society it seems that there is an ever increasing amount of process, so much so that people seem to seek it out wherever they see potential for doubt and indecision – often inventing it where none can be found.  As a fan of lean principals and an adherent to the (admittedly rather trite) […]

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Jan 0
Jan 0

My nutshell

Most people outside of software ask me what I do and then appear to glaze over slightly when I tell them. The following YouTube video may not retain the attention of the non-techie for the whole 15 minutes, but it is a gorgeously crafted explanation of what an Agile Product Owner does. By the way, […]

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