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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 […]

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 […]


May 17, 2011

Moving back to France soon!!

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We have made the decision to come and live back in France. Various reasons for this, one being that we are moving to the South of France, where sun and bbqs will be aplenty:) the other main reason is that our two daughters will have an education “a la French”, which both my wife and […]

Large Organisations,Retrospective,Uncategorized

April 19, 2011

Forget the bus factor. Here come Gummy Bears!

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“Bus Factor”, term used to describe an unforeseen event impacting your team, usually in the form of the disappearance of one or more of your team members (Q:”What would happen if John was hit by a bus??” A: He wouldn’t be able to come to work). Some people don’t like the negativity of the analogy […]

Large Organisations,Uncategorized

February 23, 2011

Being an Agile transition coach feels like Sisyphus

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In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king punished by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity. wikipedia link The analogy stems from the fact that I never see the boulder to the top of the mountain: most of my […]

Off Topic,Uncategorized

February 6, 2011

Spam is my friend ;-)


Allowing comments on your blog will certainly attract a horde of spammers. They’ll leave their dirty links all other the place, in an attempt to attract the unsuspecting punter. Fortunately, my Akismet pluggin is doing wonders, and all that unwanted literature is safely stored away for me to take a look at and un-spam if […]

Off Topic,Uncategorized

January 21, 2011

OT: Getting your DVD collection on your iPad made easy


So what do you do when it takes you between 5 and 10 hours to go to work, or back? Read, listen to music, play a game, check some news, catchup on digital “friendships”, watch a film… is what I do. As far as watching a film is concerned, I had two options until recently: […]


September 22, 2010

Just a little box…

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One of the first things I get for a team when I start a transition is a little stationary (amazing how hard it can be to order a few pens using the “corporate” guidelines sometimes!!). Here is what I usually include in the box: – Blu Tack – sticky tape – colour stickers – index […]


September 8, 2010

We have come to Value…

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You may be familiar with the following: Manifesto for Agile Software Development We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work, we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to […]


August 31, 2010

Old debates live long: can you build a house in an Agile way?

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During my holidays in France, I spent a couple of days at one of my best friends near Montpellier in the south of France. I hadn’t seen him for 3 years for his house warming party. At the time, it was a small house he had bought: 2 small bedrooms, 1 kitchen, and a living […]