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 starts at 6:30pm in the evening. The idea behind the talk is to tell my story - about how I discovered agile, the transformations I have led, and lots of lessons I have learnt along the way. The talk is not about agile...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
I enjoyed giving a keynote speech at GOTO Berlin about "The
Art of Embracing Change". The title of my talk was inspired by the subtitle of Kent' Beck's "Extreme Programming Explained"...read more
First, I wanted to say that I feel each ‘large scale agile’ situation is different. The key problems are different. And therefore, the solution(s) should be different.
Adopting retrospectives is an organizational change where professionals adapt their way of working, their behavior. It won't just happen, and if not properly supported it may take much...read more
In December 1999 I published my first “agile” book, Adaptive Software Development (wow, nearly 15 years ago now). Recently, Dorset House Publishing and Addison-Wesley brought...read more
I took the photo of one of our product development teams yesterday. What I hope you can see from the photo is engagement of everyone in the conversation. It's quite unlike many tedious...read more
I was just doing a course with Dave Muldoon in Canada. One of the workshops was scaling. In that context, we discussed release plan refactoring or product backlog grooming.
To me, the...read more