ADKAR is a goal oriented change management model for individuals and organisations to help guide them through changes and create lasting change. As both an agile coach and a personal coach, I find this model incredibly useful. This is something that we can all use ourselves in our work and personal lives to help form… Read More
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
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
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
Over the last few months I’ve heard many experienced agile practitioners talk about their thoughts and feelings around agile adoption in London, and the wider world. A common theme between them all has been that there is a difference between saying that one is ‘doing’ agile, and actually being agile. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken to… Read More
This is another post resulting from my recent review of the notes I made when taking my CSM course. I love a good mnemonic. There are plenty of words that I can only spell by remembering some strange sentence. I especially like it when a mnemonic relates to the data that one’s trying to remember,… Read More
I’ve just come across my CSM notes and thought that it was about time I wrote them up so I could dispose of the paper copies. I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with the five values of Scrum.