How to (Re-)Start an Agile Project

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Regardless of what many Agilists say, we cannot in most organisations, just start sprinting. Many organisations need a little bit of governance and most projects need to think about “how” they execute their projects. Now before you get upset and start talking about the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), I want to point out that there are many many many organisations …

Are you really being Agile?

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Working as an Agile coach you get to experience many different teams working through their retrospectives. One particular team stood out from the rest, for all the wrong reasons. To set the scene, we need to appreciate the fact that the scrum master did a brilliant job! He took the team through the process perfectly. Thus, the team was clearly …

Agile Projects and the Annual Budget – An Oxymoron?

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In the summer of 2015 a large bank in Zürich started to prepare its 2016 budget. The type of work that was planned for 2016 included: for both the internet and intranet platforms. Yet it became very clear that there were some very basic challenges. They included: Sounds like a situation with no solution. Or at least with none that …

The Structure and Size of Stories lies at the Heart of your Project’s Success

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To help illustrate the importance this discipline let’s examine a case study. A large financial services company was running a large program using Agile techniques. When we say large, we mean multi-million-dollar, multi-year, multi-geographical and multi-vendor. This is even today, not that common. After getting through all the usual corporate red-tape, the project was ready to start delivering. The Agile …

Co-Located Teams are Basically an Unrealistic Dream

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One of my favourite clients is the global digital communications department of a large engineering company. The management, product owners, UX and project managers are all based at the company’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Whereas, the five development teams are all in Poland. Clearly a department that consists of remote and virtual teams. Co-location, a so-called prerequisite of Agility, was …

Reboot Your Retrospectives

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In 1994 I had the privilege of working on the channel tunnel between the UK and France. We never did one retrospective. The best practice at that time was to consider a “lessons learned”, delivered at the end of the project. Think about it: When would such a project ever be done again? Needless to say, we never improved how …

Waste in a Knowledge Workers Realm

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Waste is an interesting topic. Just what is waste? How do we recognise it? Especially in the knowledge workers realm where we cannot physically see our waste. A great way to appreciate waste is to have a look at some examples. Several years ago I was guilty of great waste. I had to do some complex slicing and dicing data. …