Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 31

Something Agile Leaders can learn from Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

The late Steve jobs will long be remembered for his innovation and creativity. What is less know is how he used Agile principles to rebuild Apple when he returned in 1997.

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Oct 27

Agile Myth: Agile is for techy geeks

Agile Fact: Agile has its use in many parts of business … How about this for a myth busting fact it is reported that  General Schwarzkopf used the method of Stand-up meetings as a mechanism for communicating with his direct command. I was having a chat with business analyst colleague of mine who  commented that …

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Oct 27

When Leaders shouldn’t give hope

Napolean Bonaparte is said to have characterised leaders as “dealers of hope”; however, leaders should consider the impacts of providing hope to their people because maybe hope isn’t always what people or the organisations needs.

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Oct 22

Why you can’t stop doing Agile to be Agile …

This post explores and clarifies the notion of Being Agile and how Doing Agile is a very necessary step on the road to Agile mastery.

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Oct 20

Scrum Ceremonies: Retrospective

The retrospective is also commonly referred to as lessons learned.  Which in itself is an interesting turn of phrase, because my experience tells me lessons are not really learned until we have changed our thoughts or behaviour in some way and usually the experiences have to be repeated a number of times in different contexts …

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Oct 20

Scrum Ceremonies: Sprint Planning

What’s a Sprint? Firstly a definition for you:  A sprint is defined as a set period of time where the team works to achieve goals within that time period.  If you like, a rugby game consists of two sprints, each of 40 minutes duration.  In business we need a little longer to achieve our goals …

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Oct 20

Scrum Ceremonies: The Daily Stand-Up

The activities or ceremonies used within Scrum are currently being used by business teams around the world who don’t have a technology bias.  This is because these practices add great value to the teams using them, they are simple to adopt and improve the communication between teams.  Here is a short summary of these Scrum …

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Oct 18

What is Agile?

I think I'll sit on this fence about this Agile definition thingy

Agile is a buzzword that has been around now for some time. But what does it actually mean? Businesses need to be careful when embarking on the Agile journey because maybe it doesn’t solve their important business issues.

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Oct 18

The Origins Of Agile: The Agile Manifesto

For those of you who are new to Agile I have included some worthwhile references and resources to this site to aid you in your understanding of Agile.  I am starting by providing you with the original document that came out of Snowbird in 2001 which initiated the beginnings of the Agile movement in the …

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Oct 15

On Time, On Budget, Happy Customer

This post explores how the dilemmas often faced by leaders when they have to trade features against, time, quality and budget.

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