POWER Start Your Meetings

How many meetings have you been in that you didn’t understand why you or someone else was there? Or perhaps you didn’t know why the meeting was happening or what the meeting was expected to deliver? On average, an hour meeting attended by ten people costs the business £500. Roll this out to a couple of meetings a week, and that team is burning through £4,000. For investment we better be getting a good return. Worse still, if that meeting didn’t come to a solid conclusion and setup another meeting, the cost of delay could be high. An easy to adopt meeting facilitation technique that can help to dramatically increase meeting output, increase ROI, and reduce the cost of delay is a POWER start. Continue reading “POWER Start Your Meetings”

Thoughts in Retrospective

Scrum team using post it notes

Agile retrospectives are something that all agile teams are by now familiar with, to one extent or another. Retros are built into the manifesto in Principle 12; At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly. Retros were built into frameworks such as eXtreme Programming and Scrum, and have now become a staple of the cadence we expect to see in any kind of agile team. Given their high significance in our processes, and being process managers, retrospectives should be of the highest priority to ScrumMasters. Continue reading “Thoughts in Retrospective”

Doing Agile, Being Agile

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 who has an active interest in agile practices has stories about a team treating agile like they would PRINCE2 or any other project management strategy. I’ve heard of and seen teams follow scrum to the letter, and in doing so completely miss the point of it. Agile is a verb not a noun, and it is worth reflecting upon that whenever we attempt to do something in the name of agile. Continue reading “Doing Agile, Being Agile”

The Ten Minute Trainer

This week’s Adventures with Agile meetup was a seminar by Sharon Bowman, author of Training from the Back of the Room. As with all the best talks it was both engaging and informative. We were taught in my favourite way; by doing what we were learning. As one person on my table said, “This is incredibly meta.” Here are my takeaway points. Continue reading “The Ten Minute Trainer”