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The “group verbosity alignment” technique

At a recent Scrum Coaching retreat our group was struggling to turn a lot of words generated in a group environment into something concise and meaningful.  Get many agile coaches together and you get a lot of competing and wordy … Continue reading

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The Team, the Whole Team and nothing but The Team.

I work with many clients trying to embrace Agility by adopting one of the popular Agile frameworks (e.g. Scrum). Remember there is a big difference between “doing” Agile and “being” Agile and a lot of businesses think that because they … Continue reading

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Velocity is an output, not an input

There are some Agile Teams I have witnessed where a “Sprint Velocity” metric is used as an “input” to the Agile process. This is particularly manifest when third-party development teams are involved, where the Velocity concept is used as some … Continue reading

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Watching the flower grow, DevOps transformation at Scale

DevOps does not mean employing “super admins” (despite what the recruitment agencies may say!) DevOps also does not mean building another silo (the “DevOps Team”) alongside other silos – although a DevOps team done right can be a catalyst for … Continue reading

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Musings on the latest Thought Works Technology Radar

Its been some times since I put down some feedback on the Tech Radar, of which I am an avid and enthusiastic supporter. However the January 2015 edition has a few gems which I want to replay. TECHNIQUES I’ve worked … Continue reading

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A bad work-person blames their tools

In less politically correct times the adage was a “bad workman blames his tools”. As a one-time apprentice mechanical engineer (failed!) I heard this a lot. However in recent times I’ve been wanting to use this put-down a lot when … Continue reading

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A Festive Retrospective

For my last post of 2014 I thought I’d share a retrospective technique than can be quite useful during the festive period. There are various version of this out there so this is my take on it – this technique … Continue reading

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