Think about this: If everyone in your organization could do whatever they wanted at work, would they do anything differently compared to today? If so, your organization is in big trouble! Why? Because that means that some of your people do some of their work because they have to, not because they want to. Consider these top three challenges of […]
Gathering the metrics for Evidence-based Management in software organisations can be a strenuous task and I have a number of customers that are fretting on what to collect and from where. Here I try to create an understanding of the ‘what’ that we need to collect.
In my role as an Agile Coach, I often encounter dispersed (i.e., virtual) Scrum Teams – where some or all of the Scrum Team members are in different physical locations. Some of these Scrum Teams are dispersed across the USA, across the globe, and some or all of the team members might be working from […]
As a Agile coach, I refer to a few tools to help me think about where my Scrum teams should go next on their path to Agility. One of these tools is the Agile subway map, a list of Agile practices grouped in different categories. It helps me think how a specific practice could help […]
Recently I gave a talk on the ScrumDayEurope 2014 conference. The talk was about how you can use game principles in combination with evidence based management (EBM) in your agile adoption. One of the hard points in evidence based management is that people tend to ignore evidence when that evidence clashes with their believes or […]
A month has passed since the FIFA World Cup finals! With that, a number of less successful football coaches are probably looking for new jobs… But as the disappointed countries ditch their old coaches, they will most probably hire a new one right away. It seems that for elite teams and world class athletes, working with […]
A few weeks ago I headed out to the Scrum.org offices in Boston to participate in training to hone my skills as an Evidence-based Management Consultant. I was talking to my father about it when I got back and was surprised that he recognised many of the practices and tools.
A common challenge for businesses developing new products is having a coherent and universal understanding of what the value proposition for the organisation is. This will depend on the type of organisation: A commercial organisation is primarily driven by making profit, where a non-profit organisation would focus on a societal benefit. The value proposition is […]
Story Points – An Introduction The scrum guide tells us that estimates should be provided by people that will be doing the work but it doesn’t tell us how we should provide estimates. It leaves that decision to us. A common tactic used by scrum teams is to estimate using a unit of measurement referred […]
Collaboration is the key to successful agile product development. A community of practice is a technique that helps us achieve this. Inspired by the Agile Conference in Orlando in July I visited the Kennedy Space Center close to Cape Canaveral to marvel at good old Space Shuttle Atlantis. Watching the videos on how complex her […]