We all have a favourite agile meeting or ceremony. Or maybe not! For most of us I suspect it wouldn’t be backlog refinement. It’s not usually a fun meeting talking through backlog items re ordering discussing possible solutions and options again and again. Why do you want to make backlog refinement more fun? Anything […]Read More Backlog reFUNment!
I was recently undertook some trend analysis on the Spotify health check with the goal of identifying areas which are affecting multiple squads which we may want to provide help with. This was a really interesting exercise as with qualitative data it doesn’t easily lend itself to trend analysis. If you aren’t au fais with […]Read More Trending Spotify Health Check
As a scrum master, agile coach type one of the key skills is working with people and teams facilitating their self organisation. This isn’t easy people are a tricky subject, they are all different and require different approaches. Looking for tools to help with this one book i read last year was Patrick Lencioni’s book […]Read More Let down by agile
One of the key concepts of Scrum is Backlogs, a product and a sprint backlog. Scrum would like our product backlog to be: Detailed appropriately Estimated Emergent Prioritised While these are good principles and are very useful there are some more i have come to value from working with one particular team. Thanks team […]Read More Backlog Health Check
Recently i have been reading and re-reading more books which are written as a story rather than text book style books. The goal, the phoenix project, the tao of coaching, 5 dysfunctions of a team for example. I really enjoy this format and find myself much more likely to get through the books completely which […]Read More Tell your story
I am very interested in language and its effect on people. Recently a few people have commented on how they feel the release cycle of agile is relentless and they feel a pressure. The terminology used is the word Sprint. Sprint typically 2 weeks is used as the word to describe the timebox the teams […]Read More Language is important – What is in a name?
The People The thing that hits me when I attend a test bash is the enthusiasm, energy, engagement of everybody. It hits you in the face the amazing people who attend, speak and organise, the people are infectious they make you better, they teach you things. They make you want to be better, they make you want to […]Read More Testbash Manchester #amazeballs
In software like in sport the inches we need are the key to delivering something awesome and scoring a touchdown! What I mean is that in a software project it isn’t generally one massive problem which delays the whole thing. There is defiantly exceptions, and I have worked on some of those projects. What […]Read More The inches we need are everywhere around us
Earlier this week I had the pleasure to attend and draw at Swansea con. This was my first software craftsmanship conference and a real eye opener for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The event was well run and organised at the Liberty stadium, an impressive venue. Only more impressive was the organiser Viv Richards whos enthusiasm […]Read More Drawing the Craftsmen
Apologies for the half finished nature of this post, please excuse me. I hope to update Flow With Scrum we talk about sustainable work. Not burning people out, even flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi gives a great Ted talk about this. Wikipedia defines Flow as “the mental state of operation in which a person performing an […]Read More Does Happiness Matter?