Jun 162014
 
Can you be an Agile Project Manager?

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 [...]

Mar 192014
 

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 [...]

Jan 292014
 
A Scrum Master mantra...

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 [...]

Jan 152013
 
OT (kinda): Getting Lean in 2013

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 [...]

Jan 112013
 
pickadeck - PIVOT #1 - market the solution as Vertical

m4s0n501 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 [...]

Jan 032013
 
The Lean Startup methodology will disrupt Agile

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 [...]

Jun 182012
 
I have some skin in the game now :)

A month and a bit ago, I launched a website: www.pickadeck.com. This is a web app that allows anyone with a culture change in mind to describe it in the format of a deck of cards. Sounds familiar? Yep, I have been experimenting with that concept for a few years now, and that works pretty [...]

Mar 142012
 

I keep coming back to the book “Winning” by Jack Welch. It is a great source of inspiration for me, for company wide transitions as well as for smaller team engagements. I have again recently heard another Agile coach repeating that to become Agile you need to get the values first, that it is not [...]

Dec 262011
 

On a recent engagement, we found it difficult to do our Sprint planning following the structured product backlog the team had prepared. This was mainly due to the fact that a very successful Release Planning session had changed the direction we first took. We were left with a product backlog that was not really “cut” [...]