Wow, that went fast! I went independent back in May and have been working at the Guardian as interim director of engineering for the digital division. What a fantastic and exciting time it's been. The Guardian really is the awesome place it's perceived to be and deserves all the accolades and awards it's received in recent years. I think we've achieved a huge amount in the short time I've been...read more
Jeffry Hesse wrote this blog post. And it inspired me to write the post below.
The new Scrum Guide says that PBIs (product backlog items) must be well-understood and granular enough...read more
We’ve all seen it happen. Though we try to show organizations the benefits of using a mature agile delivery framework, we still run into roadblocks. Though the status quo is...read more
My new eBook, Adaptive Leadership: Accelerating Enterprise Agility is out! We are at a tipping point. Technology—cloud, big data, mobility, social media—tops CEO’s list of concerns...read more
User Stories are often used as a lightweight form of Agile requirement. Their goal is to replace heavy weight-specification documents with “a Card, a Conversation and a Confirmation”....read more
At Agile Coach Camp Barcelona, I convened a session on “Hierarchy of Needs” and how this might be used by coaches working with softwaredevelopment teams to understand where to focus...read more
I'll have a bit more time from December as I'm due to finish my current gig, so I've decided to do a talk at Skills Matter in London on 10th December. It's free and...read more
All of you should be aware of the Agile Manifesto and the Agile Principles.
To me, they are not perfect, but they are an excellent expression of many of the key ideas behind Agile. ...read more
What is it?
The purpose of backlog refinement (grooming) is to make improvements to the product backlog. Though there is no official ceremony detailed in the Scrum Guide, the activity...read more
I’ve seen a lot of bad staff meetings over the years. Everyone feels compelled to attend because the boss called the meeting. The boss sets the agenda but sometimes doesn’t have...read more
I often have occasion to describe some very effective ways of doing things. Let me list a few:
Building software incrementally, in two-week cycles, with each increment showing real...read more
Yesterday I had the privilege of watching Hillary Clinton speak at UB. Ms. Clinton spoke on various issues related to national and international affairs, and while this speech was...read more
I was in a CMMI adoption process meeting today and I might have argued that the Scrum Retrospective activity (process step) is more important than the Scrum Planning activity. Yet,...read more