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Blog Response,Coaching,Retrospective

January 26, 2016

On the Value of Retrospective Meetings for a Scrum Team

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I recently read Mike Cohn’s article on whether a “[…]Scrum Team need a Retrospective every Sprint” where he discusses if teams practicing Scrum, and regardless of their maturity – self perceived or real – should hold such a meeting every sprint. I wanted to give my opinion on this subject, but refrained to leave a […]

Announcements,Company Transition Deck,Decks,Experiment,Lean Startup,pickadeck

March 11, 2015

New release Pick A Deck – the most impressive to date!

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So here are some Pick A Deck news again! We are releasing yet another version of Pick A Deck. Yay!   Thanks lean startup! I hope in the future I’ll take the time for a proper return on experience post series talking about what is happening with our team here at Aix en Provence, France. […]


January 8, 2015

The @_OfficeHour experiment

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Olivier Lafontan sur OfficeHour Ok, I like it when there seems to be genuine win-win setups. So when I had lunch with Guillaume Warckol (@guillaumew) a co-founder at OfficeHour and he’d given me their startup pitch… “Entrez rapidement en relation avec un expert, échangez 15 minutes, 30 min. ou plusieurs heures et obtenez les réponses […]

Large Organisations,Patterns,Scrum Roles,Uncategorized,Values

June 16, 2014

Can you be an Agile Project Manager?

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So, is there such a thing as an Agile Project Manager? Is it possible for a Project Manager to behave in a way that would make them worthy of that title? The Agile community doesn’t seem to believe so, and this is mainly driven by the fact that in Scrum only 3 roles are defined […]

Blog Response,Values

March 19, 2014

Agile: there is still Value in the Word

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There is an interesting debate taking place at the moment on the interweb regarding the use of the word Agile. Dave Thomas blogged Agile Is Dead (Long Leave Agility) about the fact that the word’s meaning power and relevance has been undermined by years of people using it inappropriately to describe things that are not always […]

Coaching,Experiment,Large Organisations,Scrum Roles

January 29, 2014

A Scrum Master mantra…

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The weight on Scrum Masters can sometimes be overwhelming… The CSM Content Outline Learning Objectives on the Scrum Alliance website states the following:         As well as all the Responsibilities listed before that in the same document, the Authority “springs mainly from a deep knowledge of Scrum principles and practices”. I tend to […]


January 29, 2013

Representing my CV on a Kanban board

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Whilst looking for another contract I brushed off and updated my CV. It’s got all the required sections, the necessary information and detail, the company names and some numbers too, and it looks, well, boring… So I decided to experiment in interactive CV making and decided that a kanban format would allow me to show […]

Decks,Experiment,Health,Off Topic,pickadeck,Uncategorized

January 15, 2013

OT (kinda): Getting Lean in 2013

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My “eating a lot” and “no exercise” for the last 6 months has finally caught up with me. My weight has started to increase week on week, and this increase doesn’t appear to be linear, it is following some sort of exponent… Nothing to worry about, but I am feeling sluggish, slow, and I had […]

Coaching,Company Transition Deck,Large Organisations,Lean Startup,pickadeck

January 11, 2013

pickadeck – PIVOT #1 – market the solution as Vertical

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I was recently forwarded an excellent post from Joel Spolsky’s blog “Joel on Software” title “How Trello is different” and the first part of the post resonated with me and our current strategy for pickadeck. See, Joel shows how Trello is a “totally horizontal product”, it can be used by people from all walks of […]

Lean Startup

January 3, 2013

The Lean Startup methodology will disrupt Agile

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Some people think Agile has lived and will soon decay and disappear. Some people think Agile has lived and post-Agile is coming. Some other people think Agile is just not part of the answer any companies out there need to hear and that its benefits have always been a chimera. There are a lot of […]