Product Owner Nerves

Perhaps it is the meds I’m on (in Bangalore at the beginning of mosquito season with particularly tasty blood and a nasty reaction), but even after all these years this week I started to question the scrum product owner role ‘in’ the team. Is the product owner really able to step back and let the […]

Why Agile? The Top 3 Key Questions to Ask Your Customer

Agile coaching can help companies make valuable changes in their business practices, sometimes even reaching into peoples personal lives in a positive manner too.  However I’ve come to realise that preaching the Agile principles and consulting, are not easy bedfellows. Many of us in the Agile space have struggled when faced with the realisation that […]

Secret Stories and Agile Analysts

Mike Cohn’s latest post got me thinking about how essential analysis is even in so-called Agile teams. It describes a common situation where backlogs contain ‘add this’ and ‘delete this’ stories. I really believe this can be helped by a good analyst who understands value and patterns. My comment on Mike’s post goes onto explain […]

Top 5 Ideas – Intercultural Agile updated

This idea came about as a result of speaking with an interesting guy, Andreas, who is doing his MSc and working in an IT company and starting to learn about and use Scrum. Smart cookie. Anyway here are my top tips for working in intercultural teams and organisations. Keep an open mind recognise cultures often differ […]

Agile transformation…scary and exciting

Look it up in the dictionary.   Transformation. trans·form 1.to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose. 2.to change in condition, nature, or character; convert. 3.to change into another substance; transmute. The use of words like convert and change appear in the various online dictionaries, and when these are applied in the context of change there is likely to be an overwhelming subconscious reaction from most humans. A really important thing to consider is how change is […]

Pig Consulting – An Agile Challenge?

Now my honesty about such an event may be considered career limiting or perhaps a sign of madness, however Agile principles teach us about honesty, trust, respect and courage – I choose to be honest in keeping with what I’ve always preached. It came to a crunch for me on a sunny morning in one […]

Intercultural Agile continued

  Customers in Germany during a recent training session, balloons courtesy of the XP game. Portia Tung (far right) did a wonderful job and even I walked away feeling energised and refreshed.  It definitely helped that we continually reviewed the course content based on what we were learning about the group in front of us – […]