15
Dec

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 […]

26
Nov

Switch in Action: Business Change Management Applied to Software Engineering

As regular readers of this blog would know, I recently read Chip & Dan Heath’s Switch (which I blogged about here). One Saturday evening in July, whilst only a short way though the book, I found myself thinking of the challenges we had rolling out “Trails”, our automated deployment tool. Even though Trails was built […]

01
Sep

A Perspective on the Scaled Agile Framework

I have watched with interest and disappointment over the past month or so as Agile thought leaders have taken to publicly passing judgement on the new kid on the block, the Scaled Agile Framework aka SAFe. In the interests of full disclosure, I am a certified SAFe Program Consultant, I use SAFe with my team […]

23
Aug

My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 5 of 6

Thursday De-Mystifying Kanban: Understanding Its Many Faces +Al Shalloway Al provided a very thorough and complete explanation of the various flavours of Kanban. He covered: Kanban as a signal Kanban as a Team Development Process Kanban’s Roots in Lean  Scrum as a Manifestation of Lean Lean Kanban University (LKU) Kanban aka The Kanban Method Kanban Thinking […]

24
Jul

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 […]

27
May

The Power of Haka

Next up was the Green Hornet team, dressed in green rugby shirts and accompanied by one of their business stakeholders. The team’s technical lead, lead the war cry in Maori while pacing between team members. Thankful he read out the translation at the end of the performance! Team Astrotrain’s quietly spoken scrum master was the […]

03
Apr

In the beginning…

It’s been two years since I started my Agile journey in earnest. At the time I was the business sponsor of a significant capital investment being made by Corporate into the delivery of a true enterprise data warehouse. As the business owner of the program, I owned the business requirements, but very little else. Projects in […]