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Announcements,Company Transition Deck,Decks,Experiment,Large Organisations

June 18, 2012

I have some skin in the game now :)

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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 […]

Coaching,Large Organisations,Values

March 14, 2012

Agile is about Values, values are about behaviours

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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 […]

Coaching,Sprint Planning

December 26, 2011

DDSP: Demo Driven Sprint Planning

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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” […]

Coaching,Large Organisations

December 7, 2011

The plan is nothing, planning is everything

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Strategies, Product Road maps, Release Plans, Sprint or Iteration plans, daily plans… none of these plans really live up to most “old guard” managers and CXOs expectations. We are always confronted with the reality that we cannot predict the future and that adjusting the future to our plan might not always be wise nor possible… […]

Large Organisations,Scrum Roles

September 7, 2011

Count your chickens!

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Only 3 roles are really defined in Scrum: Product Owner Team Scrum Master Their responsibility is well defined, codified, and everyone who has been lucky enough to be given one of these roles can find inspiration and support in various books and online resources such as blogs or discussion forums. Great… But what about the […]

Coaching,Experiment,Stand Up,Trial

June 29, 2011

Stand ups: they are not about the past!

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A quick post to highlight an important issue I have witnessed many times at Stand Up meetings: people spending more time and effort recounting what they did yesterday than explaining what they want to achieve today. When teaching or coaching Scrum, I always repeat the same thing: there are 3 levels of planning. Release Level: […]

Large Organisations,Patterns

June 8, 2011

ScrumBut is good enough

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From http://www.scrum.org/scrumbut “ScrumButs and Modifying Scrum ScrumButs are reasons why teams can’t take full advantage of Scrum to solve the problems and realize the benefits. Every Scrum role, rule, and timebox is designed to provide the desired benefits and address the problems. ScrumButs mean that Scrum has exposed a dysfunction that is contributing to the […]

Announcements,Uncategorized

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 […]

Coaching,Decks,Large Organisations,Retrospective

April 6, 2011

Hitting the “reset” button

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“We are learning new ways of delivering software, by doing it and helping others do it”… As a coach, I go through a deconstruction process every time I join a new team. Why is that? Well, I don’t believe it is possible for a company to decide to move to Scrum or XP or Kanban, […]