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Slack and the Agile Manager’s Role: Be the Slack

In his book “Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency”, Tom DeMarco makes the point is that you can’t be creative when you are overworked or overburdened. Stress kills innovation as does busyness. Little slack leads to little time to look around leads to little improvement. To be creative, your mind needs to feel free […]

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Should the PMO go away?

When I go in to do large scale transformations I’m invariably asked the question, “should the PMO go away?’  The reasoning is that going agile should get rid of all of the oversight, the Gantt Charts, the weekly status meetings, release scheduling.  The list goes on. Before I address the question I want to give […]

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The Business Analyst and the Product Owner

In my last article we talked about the role of the BA on agile projects, reviewing what stays the same and what changes from traditional approaches. In this article, we will review the contentious topic of how the role of…

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The Break-Up

True Story. It was a painful breakup. I thought things were going fine, but “it’s not you” she said “it’s me”…. and just like that, our relationship was over. I really didn’t see it coming. We have been working together for a long time now. Really? Really, I said. You no longer need QA? She […]

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Food For Thought #70: Agile Myths Busting, Trust, Product Discovery, Listening to Customers

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of December 4th, 2017—shared with 5,066 peers—focusses on agile myths busting, team dysfunctions, and how trust among teammates influences creativity. We then dive deep into why switching to Kanban will not fixing your Scrum problems, and how to keep stakeholders and agile teams aligned. We then support David Cancel’s … Continue reading Food For Thought #70: Agile Myths Busting, Trust, Product Discovery, Listening to Customers

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Top 10 Secrets of Agile Transformation with Michael Sahota

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramI dutifully watch Scrum Alliance’s webinars whenever they offer something I want to learn about, so I recently attended Michael Sahota’s “Top Ten Secrets of Agile Transformation.” Sahota is a bit of an Agile guru, and well-respected in the community. He founded the … Continue reading Top 10 Secrets of Agile Transformation with Michael Sahota

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100 Powerful Agile PM Techniques

I really like this composition of 100 agile techniques by Steve Drumm.  A really nice summary of alot of different management tools, nicely presented too 🙂 Take a look: http://pm-training.net/agile-development-methodology-wiki/100agiletechniques/ Kelly.

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Most Popular Online Contributor 2016

hi everyone, I’m delighted to win the UK’s agile award for Most Popular Online Contributor, especially as it’s a public vote so thank you! This site has been running now for almost 10 years, which I can hardly believe,  Thank you for all your support. Kelly.

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Agile Awards

hi everyone it’s the Agile Awards again soon and I am happy to say that i have been nominated for ‘most valued agile professional (UK)’ if I or my blog have helped you or your company at some point, can you take a few seconds to vote for me? https://www.theagileportal.com/awards/voting/most_value_uk i’d really appreciate that 🙂 many thanks Kelly.

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Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times

TL;DR Peer Recruiting is the new hiring: In the near future, all creative, technology-based organizations will need to abandon the command & control structures that served the industrial world of the 20th century so well. Instead, they will reorganize themselves around autonomous teams to deal with the complexity and pace of innovation of the 21st … Continue reading Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times

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Agile Advice: Start Executing With Little Planning

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program “Start executing and worry less about planning.” QA Consultant This statement appeared on a recent feedback form after a BERTEIG learning event. It summarized a Quality Assurance Consultant’s learning from the CSM training they attended. This statement so accurately summarizes one of the … Continue reading Agile Advice: Start Executing With Little Planning

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By Kelly Waters

“’Agile’ is one of the biggest buzzwords of the last decade. Agile methods often come across as rather more complicated than they really are. This book is an attempt to unravel that complexity. To simplify the concepts. This book breaks the concepts into small bite-sized pieces that are easy to understand and easy to implement and delivers the message in a friendly and conversational style. Allaboutagile.com is one of the most popular blogs about agile on the web. ”

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Emma Hopkinson-Spark

“Whilst there are lots of ways you can vary the game depending on the teams you have and the learning outcomes you want, the basic flow of the game play is common to all.”
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