Playing the Agile Self-assessment Game

The Agile Self-Assessment Game helps teams to discover how agile they are and what you can do to increase their agility. I played this game at the XP Days Benelux conference. Here’s how this went. Becoming agile is a journey, which can be difficult to travel. Assuming you know why you want to become agile (a first and crucial step) you start looking for ways how to get there. Questions like “what...

Agile Awards

hi everyone it's the Agile Awards again soon and I am happy to say that i have been nominated for 'most valued agile professional (UK)' if I or my blog have helped you or your company at some point, can you take a few seconds to vote for me? https://www.theagileportal.com/awards/voting/most_value_uk i'd...

Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times

TL;DR Peer Recruiting is the new hiring: In the near future, all creative, technology-based organizations will need to abandon the command & control structures that served the industrial world of the 20th century so well. Instead, they will reorganize themselves...

Agile Advice: Start Executing With Little Planning

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program “Start executing and worry less about planning.” QA Consultant This statement appeared on a recent feedback form after a BERTEIG learning event. It summarized a Quality...

Building a New Team Using Retrospectives Exercises

Building a new team can be challenging. People have to learn and get to know each other, and agree upon how they will be collaborating as a team. Retrospective exercises can be used for chartering teams, to define shared goals, agree upon the way of working, and...

Link: How Will a Product Vision Help You Succeed?

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramDozens of individuals receive training to become Certified Scrum Product Owners at our public learning events in Toronto, Ontario. What is a Product Owner? And how do they create...

Some Light Agile Humour Puts Things Into Perspective

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program Have you ever wanted to run an agile project? Or maybe you are a leader in an organization who has had an agile coach approach you requesting to run an agile project? This light...

Team Performance Model – by Drexler and Sibbet

Many of you have all heard of the Tuckman model of team dynamics (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing).  It was created in 1966 and has become the most popular model for describing team behavior.  Is it time to level up in your mental model of team...

Why do you want to become agile?

Becoming agile can help to achieve organizational goals. But setting agile as a goal for an organization does not work. The goal for a software organization should be to achieve results by delivering valuable products and services, not to become agile. Hence my...

UK Agile Awards

hi all, if you'd like to see someone recognised for the great work they've done, why not nominate them for the UK agile awards.  Lots of categories to choose from! View categories and nominate here Kelly.

Food For Thought #51: Scrum in Relationships, Kill Backlogs, Customer Centricity

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of July 25th, 2016—shared with 3,558 peers—offers a rich summer buffet of topics: Spotify wants to be good at failing, or—one of my favs in this issue—how to apply Scrum to relationships. (Better start stocking Post-Its…)...


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“Kelly’s a leading program director with the ability to take charge from day one and keep strong momentum at both a program and project level driving prioritisation, resourcing and budgeting agendas. Kelly operates with an easy-going style and possesses a strong facilitation skill set. From my 5 months experience working with Kelly, I would recommend Kelly to program manage large scale, complex, cross company change programs both from a business and IT perspective.”

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“Kelly is an extremely talented and visionary leader. As such he manages to inspire all around him to achieve their best. He is passionate about agile and has a wealth of experience to bring to bear in this area. If you're 'lucky' he might even tell you all about his agile blog. Above all this, Kelly is great fun to work with. He is always relaxed and never gets stressed - and trust me, he had plenty of opportunity here! If you get the chance to work with Kelly, don't pass it up.”

GILES BENTLEY, DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
TIME INC

“Kelly is an Agile heavy-weight. He came in to assess my multi-million $ Agile development program which wasn’t delivering the right throughput. He interviewed most of the team and made some key recommendations that, when implemented, showed immediate results. I couldn’t ask for more than that except he’s a really nice guy as well.”

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TELSTRA

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BEATRIZ MONTOYA/CONSUMER MARKETING DIRECTOR
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ThoughtWorks

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