4 steps to solving issues in projects

In many different projects and organisations, I’ve seen people struggle with techniques on how to solve issues without creating huge issue registers that weigh down the project and takes an inordinate amount of time to manage, resulting in the actual problems often not getting the attention they deserve. There are lots of agile techniques for tracking stories and work, like card walls, but what’s...

Focus On What To Leave Out

As an avid photographer I’ve learned a lesson that sometimes a well composed photo depends more on what is left out of the photo. More is not always better and can sometimes ruin what could have been a good composition. As an example, this photo is as was taken....

Do Less

I recently wrote a post called 10 Things Executives Need To Do Differently (In Agile).  I also presented on this a couple of weeks ago at the Agile Australia conference. Like many things on this list, the first of the 10 things is easy to say and very hard to...

Build Less, Start Sooner

Jeff Patton recently reminded me of two simple strategies for software development that I’ve talked about from time to time—Build Less Software and Start Sooner. I thought I’d follow up on Jeff’s blog and revisit these simple, but powerful strategies. First,...

No Bull!

Simon Baker from Energized Work has written a great paper about whether or not twelve years of agile has really changed anything in the world of software development? In the paper, Simon writes about the industry as a whole and his own personal experience, in...

“Over’s” Usefulness in Decision Making

The Agile Manifesto was written in a very deliberate style, for example, “Individuals and interactions over process and tools.” The word “over” was carefully chosen and establishes a key agile principle that many things in our world are too complex for...

Agile Transformation (1)

I was leading an Intermediate CSPO course last week in Winston-Salem.  Some good questions. One theme was about the agile transformation. The idea is simple, and has many names.  One way to say it: Only by transforming the culture and many of the current ‘ways...

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....

Beyond Project Plans

The Agile community has long advocated self-organizing teams. However, the emphasis has been on how teams perform work, make technical decisions and the like. Most teams are still operating in the same traditional way when it comes to measuring project performance...

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...

Clever

I've recently finished reading this book, Clever, by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, who work alongside Gary Hamel at the London Business School. Gary Hamel I'm sure you know has written many fine words about a new style of management and is one of the world's leading...

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...

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...