07
Apr 2016

Inside the Dragons’ Den @ Agile Australia 2016

It is that time of year again, when the various big agile conferences send out the acceptance and rejections notifications to those who submitted proposals. In Australia, this is generally followed by some twitter chatter from those who didn’t make the cut.  This time last year I was one of the many who received a “thanks but no thanks” email from Agile Australia. To be frank, I was surprised. I had submitted two talks that had been accepted by the Agile 2015 conference but were rejected by Agile Australia. What was up with that?  After much soul searching I decided ...
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17
Dec 2015

Good PI Planning is the Enemy of Great PI Planning

Good PI Planning is the Enemy of Great PI Planning

When I first met +Dean Leffingwell, I had already launched the EDW Release Train - without doing PI Planning. I was attending one of the early SPC classes in Boulder, CO. It was day 3 before I built up the courage to ask Dean the question that had been on my mind since I decided to attend the class: What should I do about the fact we weren’t doing PI Planning? My memory of Dean’s response is that he was rather dismissive. Being the sensitive little thing that I am, I felt somewhat wounded by this exchange. Looking back now, almost ...
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15
Dec 2015

There is no such thing a Feature Owner… Or is there?

There is no such thing a Feature Owner… Or is there?

When an organisation introduces agile, it is not uncommon for there to be a mass rollout of Agile Fundamentals training, where the role of the Product Owner is positioned as being an empowered business person who is colocated with and 100% dedicated to work with the agile team. This sounds wonderful in theory, but when we start to scale this begins to get tricky. I once worked for an organisation that had a policy whereby you were only allowed to run your project agile if the business made a product owner 80% available to the project. Of course, the business ...
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01
Dec 2015

Scaling Agile – Cucumber Podcast

Scaling Agile – Cucumber Podcast

As part of my participation in CukeUp Australia last month, the team at Cucumber invited me to join them in recording a podcast about Scaling Agile and how large organisations can make it work. You can tune to the discussion with +Terry Yin, +Matt Wynne, +Hamish Tedeschi,  +Steve Tooke and of course me, using the +SoundCloud player below.
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23
Nov 2015

The Journey of SAFe and Thawing Middle Management

The Journey of SAFe and Thawing Middle Management

While I was at Agile 2015, I had the opportunity to catch up with fellow Aussie +Craig Smith from +InfoQ. We talk about how I came to lead Australia's first Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) implementation and both my Agile 2015 sessions - The Magic Carpet Ride: A Business Perspective on DevOps and Thawing the Frozen Middle. You can watch, listen to or read the entire conversation at: http://www.infoq.com/interviews/agile2015-campbell-pretty
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10
Nov 2015

From teams to tribes: Creating a one-team culture in DevOps

From teams to tribes: Creating a one-team culture in DevOps

One of the topics I have been talking about at various conferences over the last 18 months, is scaling culture with agile tribes. This is a topic that resonates with people in both the Agile and DevOps communities. As part of my participation in the DevOps Enterprise Summit last month I was invited to share my thoughts on this topic on the TechBeacon blog: From teams to tribes: Creating a one-team culture in DevOps
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27
Aug 2015

Facilitating SAFe Team Self-Assessments

Facilitating SAFe Team Self-Assessments

As part of an Agile Release Train’s commitment to relentless improvement it is necessary for all the teams on the train to reflect and assess the effectiveness of their Scrum and XP practices on a regular cadence. For most once a PI seems to be a logical frequency. The Scaled Agile Framework provides a self-assessment tool to support this process and makes it freely available for download at: https://www.scaledagileframework.com/metrics/ I have found clients often want to do self-assessments by sending them out as an online survey for team members to complete individually.  Personally I am not keen on this approach ...
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28
Jul 2015

Educating DevOps: A Business Perspective

Educating DevOps: A Business Perspective

Back in March I was approached to contribute to DevOps Perspectives, a quarterly eBook sponsored by +CA Technologies. The resulting article, "Educating DevOps", starts on page 26 of "DevOps Perspectives 3: Straight talking and the latest thinking from the DevOps frontline". Use this link to download a copy of the eBook, which also includes contributions from +Dan North, +nicole forsgren and +Matthew Skelton. DevOps Perspectives 3 Tweet
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