Five Questions for Making Decisions

Every day we rely upon our habits over actively making decisions, and on the whole for very good reasons. From an evolutionary perspective the cost of a decision is high; spending the energy and time to make countless decisions every a day is impractical. Like lots of our instincts that have been great for survival… Read More

Story Points Estimation for the Benefit of the Team

I’ve heard as many explanations of story points as teams I’ve worked with. I’ve seen a team use equations to get from T-shirt sizing to story points to time prediction. Another team I worked with estimated user stories in story points and estimated sub-tasks (hello there, Jira) in hours. When I ask a team why… Read More

The Significance of Committing to Your Values

During moments of stress in the workplace our anxieties can rise and result in us behaving in ways we would prefer not to. Our normal, instinctual reactions are unlikely to be the best for ourselves or our organisations. I knew a manager who found that when something unexpected happened to them, they overreacted. This manager,… Read More

Three Amigos to Enhance Agility

Three Amigo sessions are a great way to get people together to talk about a ticket. The structure ensures that they are quick and have representatives of the groups interested in the ticket. The best time to use one of these sessions is when you have found something emergent before or during development. Welcoming change… Read More

Increasing Team Engagement in Retrospectives

I love retrospectives. They’re one of the easiest and most effective ways of directly implementing an agile principle. (At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly.) Retrospectives should be something that the team looks forward to because they know that it means that during the next iteration… Read More