Psychological Safety: Patterns from Child Psychology to Build Safety in Teams

In this presentation, ZXM’s Partner for Agile Enterprise Transformation, Matthew Hodgson, looks at psychological safety through the lens of a psychological, research-based approach to creating psychological safety – and an example of its use to deal with Agile team dysfunction, strengthen trust and help build a learning culture in teams. Click to view Matthew’s presentation…

Sizing and Cycle Time

Mike Cohn is quite explicit when he says story points reflect the effort required to get a Story to “Done”: In a class a few years back, I was given a wonderful example of this. Suppose a team consists of a little kid and a brain surgeon. Their product backlog includes two items: lick 1,000…

Scrumdiddly and the Killjoys – Two Teams but Oh so Different

What makes one team Scrumdiddlyumptious whilst another the Killjoys? At LAST Conference this week, I discussed a tale of two new agile teams within the same branch working on a large scale transformation across the enterprise. These were two of 18 teams now working on this program and in the same 12 month period, one…

Why Spotify’s agile patterns work and why you shouldn’t copy them

There is no Spotify agile model. But lots of people from Spotify keep talking about how their system of people and processes operates. It all sounds very good. It’s like showing people a chocolate cake, telling them how good it is to eat, and then saying “don’t eat chocolate cake”. There’s a very good reason…

Better together: Agile + Lean UX

I’ve always liked Dave Landis’s diagram on how design thinking, Lean UX and agile go together. Something, however, always felt a little off that these elements still seemed separate over being integrated. It took me til I went to Jeff Patton’s Passionate Product Owner course (CSPO) that I began to know what I didn’t know…

PRINCE2 processes vs Agile development frameworks

UPDATED: 27/05/2017 PRINCE2 has been the gold standard for project management certification for over a decade. It’s commonly a prerequisite for project managers and is recognised as being essential for keeping projects “in control” particularly in the public sector in Australia where Zen Ex Machina does a lot of its work. I think it is with…

Becoming agile with Zen Ex Machina

Zen Ex Machina has been helping people and organisations to be agile. Digital transformation isn’t a one-size-fits-all. It requires an understanding of context, customers and the vision if products and services and how they align to the outcomes an organisation feels is of value. This publication details how: Zen Ex Machina has helped a number…

Zen Ex Machina recognised as one of the top 30 Innovative Companies to watch in 2017

Really excited that Insights Success named Zen Ex Machina as one of their top 30 innovative companies to watch in 2017. Zen Ex Machina: Simplifying Complex Business Problems with Enterprise Agility The digital economy has transformed the way both small and large businesses operate and engage with their customers. Competition, government policy, industry standards and…

Backlog Refinement

Product Backlog refinement is the act of adding detail, estimates, and order to items in the Product Backlog. This is an ongoing process in which the Product Owner and the Team collaborate on the details of the Product Backlog, refine and revise it. It ensures that the Team and Product Owner have sufficiently defined Product…

What is Sprint Planning?

Sprint Planning is held on the first day of the Sprint. This key Scrum event is designed to provide the Team and the Product Owner an opportunity to conduct just-in-time planning for items at the top of the Product Backlog that are of high-value for delivery at the end of the Sprint. Sprint Planning is…