Mark Buchan

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Name: Mark Buchan
Date registered: October 14, 2011


Mark is an Agile Consultant and Executive Coach who specialises in working with leadership teams when they are transforming their organisation to a more Agile way of delivery.

Latest posts

  1. Dispelling the 13 Myths of Executive Coaching — April 1, 2016
  2. A word from The Agile Leader … — September 6, 2012
  3. Some confusion around the project manager role — May 7, 2012
  4. What’s a negative emotion? — April 27, 2012
  5. Agile Myth: Agile is “JFDI” — April 26, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. The Agile Culture — A Definition — 13 comments
  2. The Real Job of Leaders — 10 comments
  3. What is Agile? — 6 comments
  4. The 12 Agile Principles for Software Development — 5 comments
  5. The Agile Mindset – Perceptions around Failure — 3 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 01

Dispelling the 13 Myths of Executive Coaching

Preface I was just tidying up some files on my computer when I can across this article.  My first ever article I wrote back in 2007!  I remember the pain is caused me as I laboured over it for what seemed like weeks.  I have presented it here for you in its original form.  I …

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Sep 06

A word from The Agile Leader …

Hi All In the true sense of Agility I have been experimenting over the last year with a number of things as I seek to grow my business.  Writing this blog has been one of them.  For those of you that have been regular visitors to my site you may have noticed a complete disengagement …

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May 07

Some confusion around the project manager role

There are some misleading messages out there about the role of the project manager in an agile project. I explore some of these messages

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Apr 27

What’s a negative emotion?

It irks me when I hear people talk about “negative” emotions so I decided to express more about this subject – it was wonderfully cathartic for me, maybe it will be useful for you.

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Apr 26

Agile Myth: Agile is “JFDI”

Agile Fact: Agile takes discipline … Many people think that “doing” Agile is easy.  Some people mistakenly believe that Agile has a culture of JFDI (Just F***ing Do It).  The more mature protagonists and practitioners of Agility believe that Agile takes discipline to execute appropriately. It takes discipline (and often courage) to: Say no to …

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Apr 23

Overcoming a Blame Culture – Our Top 20 Suggestions

Our top 20 suggestions for things leaders can do to reverse a blame culture in their organisation

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Apr 20

If you’re transforming your organisation – don’t wait for a vision before you get started

Why having a vision isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Its better to get started on the change rather than wait for a perfect vision

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Mar 28

Values Elicitation Exercise

This exercise is one that I share with my clients in the early days of our coching relationship as it helps me to understand them better.  Often it also helps build awarness for the client as they may not be fully aware of what is most important to them in their personal or professional lives.  …

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Mar 25

The imposter syndrome: An affliction that can sabotage a great leader’s success

An insight into an area of leadership psychology commonly referred to as imposter syndrome; its effects on personal performance can be quite startling.

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Mar 22

The affinity method for estimating stories

Planning poker is quite a popular method for estimating stories, but one of the huge drawbacks on complex projects is that it takes forever, especially if you have over 20 stories. Here is a step-by-step guide for how I guide teams through a much quicker process for estimating stories.

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