The Lean Startup – Not Just For Startups!

I recently read the book 'The Lean Startup' by Eric Ries.  I was really impressed. First of all, it's not just for startups!  Eric defines a startup as anyone working on new products or services in an environment of extreme uncertainty.  In today's business world, where we're living with a volatile economy, the rapid pace of change, consumerisation of IT, and a highly competitive market, I reckon...

What Is Agile?

If anyone was thinking agile is old news, think again. As part of this blog, I monitor Google search volumes pretty closely, which gives a good indication of demand. And you know what? "What is agile" is still one of the biggest search terms around, and it's still...

Looking For A New Sponsor

Hi all.  Apologies for this brief commercial interlude.  I am looking for a new sponsor for this site.  The sponsor ad position appears right at the top of every page, alongside my logo.  Currently I'm getting about 50,000 views per month, of course all focused...

ThoughtWorks Live

Today I'm at ThoughtWorks Live in Sydney, a one day invite-only event aimed at executives.  The theme is Continuous Delivery, and how organisations need to constantly adapt in order to innovate and ultimately survive.  It's a really exciting agenda, but there...

What will 2012 bring?

I'm not a big fan of predictions, but I was asked to make some comments about what I think 2012 will bring for the agile community. This is what I think... I think 2012 will see a potential backlash against agile, as more large companies try it and fail. I...

Free Scrumasaurus T-shirts!

Hi all.  Apologies in advance for this slight deviation from my normal topic, but I have done a deal with New Relic so that any All About Agile readers that sign up and deploy their free web site monitoring software will get a free Scrumasaurus t-shirt! Sorry...

Employers Making An Impact

First of all, I was really excited that IPC Media won 'Most Engaged Management Team' at the UK's agile awards this week. I can certainly vouch for that - the people I worked so closely with at IPC over the last few years are a very talented bunch, who not only...

New Sponsors Needed

Hi everyone, apologies for this brief commercial interlude!  Some of my previous sponsorships have now come to a natural end, so I am looking for new sponsors to help support this blog. If you want to promote your relevant product or service to the agile community,...

“Take The Time To Write A Short Letter”

It's a funny old saying.  I'm sure you've heard it before.  Allegedly, Mark Twain once said, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead". I think it's very true.  It takes a lot longer to cut something down.  To distil the...

‘All About Agile’ Main Sponsorship Available

Hi everyone, apologies for this brief commercial interlude! The main sponsorship of All About Agile is available from end of June, if you are interested in raising your profile and promoting your agile products and services here. The main sponsorship includes...

My Life Is About To Be Turned Upside Down!

Hi everyone.  I have some big news, at least for me and my family. I'm moving to Australia! I love it at IPC Media, but just can't resist the lure of the sun, sea and sand.  IPC is such a great place to work.  Iconic brands, great building, fantastic working...

Top 200 Agile Blogs – Correction, ‘All About Agile’ Is In

I recently blogged about the fact that All About Agile wasn't in Peter Saddington's list of the top 200 agile blogs.  Well, I'm pleased to say that he's updated the list, and All About Agile now appears at number 23.  Not bad! Kelly.

‘All About Agile’ Not In Top 200 Agile Blogs

Over on AgileScout, Peter Saddington has compiled and published a list of his top 200 agile blogs.   Of course it's highly debatable, but personally I think it's a really outstanding piece of work and I'm sure it was a huge amount of effort. Sadly, though, All...


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“Kelly’s a leading program director with the ability to take charge from day one and keep strong momentum at both a program and project level driving prioritisation, resourcing and budgeting agendas. Kelly operates with an easy-going style and possesses a strong facilitation skill set. From my 5 months experience working with Kelly, I would recommend Kelly to program manage large scale, complex, cross company change programs both from a business and IT perspective.”

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DAN PULHAM, DIGITAL DIRECTOR
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“I worked with Kelly on many projects at IPC and I was always impressed with his approach to all of them, always ensuring the most commercially viable route was taken. He is great at managing relationships and it was always a pleasure working with him.”

BEATRIZ MONTOYA/CONSUMER MARKETING DIRECTOR
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GLASS'S INFORMATION SERVICES

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SUNCORP

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PETER THATCHER, SENIOR ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
ThoughtWorks

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HANNAH JOYCE
GLASS'S INFORMATION SERVICES

“Kelly is an extremely talented and visionary leader. As such he manages to inspire all around him to achieve their best. He is passionate about agile and has a wealth of experience to bring to bear in this area. If you're 'lucky' he might even tell you all about his agile blog. Above all this, Kelly is great fun to work with. He is always relaxed and never gets stressed - and trust me, he had plenty of opportunity here! If you get the chance to work with Kelly, don't pass it up.”

GILES BENTLEY, DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
TIME INC

“Kelly revolutionised the way our digital department operated. A true advocate of agile principles, he quickly improved internal communication within our teams and our internal clients by aligning our business and creating a much enhanced sense of transparency in the decisions the business was making. Kelly also introduced a higher sense of empowerment to the development teams...”

PETER SILVA-JANKOWSKI
IPC MEDIA

“Kelly came to the department and has really made a huge impact on how the department communicates, collaborates and generally gets things done. We were already developing in an agile way, but Kelly has brought us even more into alignment with agile and scrum best practices, being eager to share information and willing to work with us to change our processes rather than dictate how things must be done. He is highly knowledgable about agile development (as his active blog proves) but his blog won't show what a friendly and knowledgeable guy he is. I highly recommend Kelly to anyone looking for a CTO or a seminar on agile/scrum practices - you won't be disappointed!”

ANDY JEFFRIES/TECHNICAL LEAD
IPC MEDIA

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