My Agile Journey: If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now (Video of Talk)

This week I did a talk at Skills Matter about my agile journey and some of the key learnings I've taken from it so far.  They have published a video so if you'd like to hear it you can do so here - http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/agile-scrum/my-agile-journey-if-only-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now Kelly.

3 Problems with Age and Popularity

Tomorrow marks the start of the 11th annual Agile Business Conference in London.  It's a great conference and it's the time of year when I generally reflect on what I see happening in the agile community over the course of the last year or more. It's interesting...

Agile Training Courses with me, Kelly Waters

Hi all, I've recently gone self-employed as an interim exec. Apart from doing interim management & consulting engagements, part of my plan is to start offering public agile training courses.  Initially I have 2 courses and I'm keen to get your feedback about...

Agile Project Management for Government

Brian Wernham has written a new book about leadership skills for the implementation of large-scale public sector projects in months, not years.   It's called Agile Project Management for Government. The US Department of Defence recently cancelled a Human Resources...

Appetite for Change

Change is hard and many people do not have an appetite for change. Transitioning to Agile involves a lot: new thinking, processes, practices and tools. So managers and Agile coaches provide training. They introduce the Agile Manifesto and Principles. They talk...

One Minute Scrum Master

One of the things I really like about Scrum is how beautifully simple it is.  Actually, the challenge in implementing any agile method is in how it makes you think about how to do things differently, both in terms of doing things incrementally in very short iterations,...

3 Major Misconceptions About Agile

This is a guest blog post from Maria Burton from Focus On Training... As a software developer that's been in the industry for over 20 years, I've seen a lot of processes come and go. When my software area decided to embrace an Agile methodology for our software...

10 Things Agile Executives Need To Do Differently

Agile adoption is sometimes driven from the top by courageous executives boldly declaring "We're going agile!".  They see a vision of a better, happier place, where development is better, faster, cheaper, and they want it.  That's understandable, of course....

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...

State of Agile survey for 2011 tells a familiar story

One particular chart in the State of Agile survey for 2011 tells a familiar story. Have a look. First up, C - Unit Testing at 70%. That’s reassuring. And unit testing is and should be distinct from L - Test-Driven Development. Test-driven development is about...

Software Delivery As A Competitive Advantage – The Need for Change

There has never been a more important time to be outstanding at software delivery.  An organisation's capability in software development is now a major differentiator.  Possibly the difference between success and failure.  So what's changed? Project failure According...

Agile IT Transformation

Talking about agile transformation specifically, it's such a huge topic that I've often found myself trying to get my head around how to possibly explain it and where to start.  In terms of my own experience, having successfully transformed two large media companies...

Agile Transformation and the Chasm

In his book “Crossing the Chasm“, Geoffrey Moore describes the difficulty of creating a popular new product due to a conceptual “chasm” between the first people who adopt a new product and those who come later.  He describes five types of people in relation...