22
Aug

0

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 4 of 6

Wednesday When NOT to Have All the Answers: Stop Giving Advice and Start Asking Questions +Judith Mills  and +Christopher Avery  Judith started by telling us about her addiction to giving advice and her realisation: “If I was going to be successful I couldn’t be the expert I had to change the culture. Changing the culture isn’t about […]

21
Aug

0

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 3 of 6

Tuesday Agile Metrics: Velocity is NOT the goal +Michael “Doc” Norton  Doc opened by explaining that Velocity is a lagging indicator for a complex system and lagging indicators are good for monitoring trends but are poor predictors of the future. He advocated the use of standard deviation in forecasting velocity, noting: “The Business won’t like this […]

19
Aug

0

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 1 of 6

Having been back home for a week, I have spent a week being asked “How was Agile 2013? What were your key takeaways?” and answering “I haven’t digested it all yet. I need to order my thoughts.” In an attempt to avoid further embarrassment, I decided to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) […]

24
Jul

2

Leading Through Vulnerability

When +Jean Tabaka ran her Scaling Collaboration workshop with my team in June, she commented on how open the team was to the experience and asked us how we went about creating an environment where traditionally introverted software engineers, from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds, were so willing to participate in team activities. From my perspective there […]

10
Jul

2

Inspiring Software Engineers to Embrace Facilitation

At the beginning of June, I travelled to Boulder, Colorado to attend and speak at RallyON 2013. This was my first time attending RallyON and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I diligently downloaded the Spotme app as suggested by the event organisers and spent a good hour or two trawling through the agenda selecting the sessions to attend. I was travelling with […]

25
Jun

0

The “Bubble Up” Approach to Scaling Retrospectives

One of the many initiatives I am really passionate about within our EDW Release Train is the commitment of my extended leadership team to continuous improvement. However, we have had some challenges identifying the right targets to improve! Instinctively it didn’t seem like something that would be that hard. Surely if the train teams were experiencing pain in their […]

27
May

5

The Power of Haka

According to Wikipedia, the Haka “is a traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge… performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment.” When I attended Dean Leffingwell’s s SAFe Certification course earlier this year, he used a video of the New Zealand All Blacks performing a haka to illustrate […]

14
May

4

My key takeaways from Scrum Australia

When first invited to Scrum Australia I was dubious, but as I always say, “nothing ventured nothing gained”, so I thanked Martin Kearns for the invite and booked my trip to Sydney! For me Kenny Rubin stole the show. Given I am SAFe Program Consultant, Kenny’s views on Economically Sensible Scrum and Strategies for Portfolio Management really resonated […]

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