An Agilist's Tale Part 1 - Great Expectations
Creating safe and engaging workplaces and workspaces
A three part blog series about a history of agile told from our protagonists view.
I’ve always been a methods nerd, most people won’t know that I started my career in the world of science working in a laboratory, perhaps that has influenced me more then I’ve realised.
Collaboration Here There and Everywhere
A few years ago I was working at a company who had started a digital incubator as a protected and contained special project, outside of the large corporate. It was peopled with a team of the brightest and best from within the organisation and I was
Stop and Watch - coaching for behaviour
There’s nothing I like better than using a physical wall to make a team’s work visible and communal, and seeing it's impact on team communication.
It may however interest readers to know that
Dinner with Dean at Agile Australia 2015
Attending the Melbourne Lean Coffee meet up a couple of weeks ago I picked up a little coaching gem from an attendee that I’m keen to try out, despite it hinging on a sporting metaphor for work, which I’m usually strongly
Equal Pay for Women in IT
At the 2015 Agile Australia pre-conference speaker’s dinner I was seated next to invited speaker Dean Leffingwell (pictured here on the left) founder of the Scaled Agile Framework: ‘SAFe', a process framework invented to help
Gamify your children - The results!
I’ve never blogged on the topic of equality for women, in IT or otherwise, however as I watch my daughter grow up and wonder what her working life will be like, and see the industry I joined mature, as I mature, I realise I do have quite a lot of opinions on
Gamify your children
The results of our 2 week experiment into the Gamification of the school holidays for the kids are in.
The use of Trello for this was no good, too much administration was required to remove earned points for rewards and it's just not the right tool for
Video of: Scaling! Oh the Horror!
Inspired by James Ross’s LAST conference talk on
The Shamification of Lamification and the Reclaimification of Gamification
I was motivated to try and “Gamify” the school holidays for my three children, Leo aged 8, Chloe 9 and Max 10.
Buy-in is everything, so the first thing we did was
Business Requirement Documents are just no good...
At the LAST Conference 2014 in Melbourne this year I spoke of the horrors of scaling software delivery.
My take on SAFe - Scaled Agile Framework for the Enterprise
…and should be abolished from the world of creating software
I had hoped the world could have wholeheartedly rejected Business Requirement documents by now. For too long I’ve seen the repeated scenario of only commencing the creation
Personas: make it personal
Something I’ve observed recently amongst this agile/lean/start up/digitally disrupted community that I’m in, is there are a lot of
‘SAFe haters’ dissing on SAFe out there.
Solving customer problems versus being cool
I’m working in a digital delivery team at the moment and that means we are always obsessing about “the customer”. We talk about the customer needs, ensuring we are thinking about their experiences and we build features we think they will love.
Team Happiness metric
I went to a ThoughtWorks live event in May 2013 ‘Thriving in a fragmented future', where CEO of pizza giant Dominos –
, shared some pearls of wisdom
“In God we trust, everyone else, bring data”
My excellent colleague Glenn and I were exchanging some jokey emails earlier in the year about team happiness. We had asked our teams (we both have several agile teams) to collect their own rating of team happiness on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most happy you could be - at their team retrospectives every iteration.
Recently I’ve been collecting metrics from my newest teams who are doing a brilliant job of transforming their ways of working to Agile. This quote from W. Edwards Deming “…bring data” encapsulates what has been by far the most powerful piece of ‘evidence’ I’ve collected about Agile being: Better, Faster, Cheaper