Couples Counseling for Scrum Teams – Global Scrum Gathering Austin 2019

In this talk, ZXM CEO Matthew Hodgson, presents to the Global Scrum Gathering in Austin on patterns from Gottman and social psychology research to help mend broken teams. He focuses on relating practical retrospective and coaching patterns to help alleviate the pains of teams and individuals. View talk on Prezi.

ZXM wins Corporate Excellence Award for Agile Training and Consultancy 2019

Zen Ex Machina is a leading Agile transformation company. Following our success in CV’s Corporate Excellence Awards, Zen Ex Machina was profiled and CV magazine  caught up with Mia Horrigan, CIO, Lead Partner Strategy and Advisory who provided them with a detailed insight into the innerworkings of the innovative firm. Delivering Innovative Agile Coaching Solutions…

Agile Leadership

What does it take to be an agile leader? 21st century leaders face a raft of challenges: technological change, disruptive forces in industry after industry, and global competition. Agile promises to drive through complexity, open up innovation, deliver value to stakeholders faster, and produce twice as much in half the time. But what does it…

Whitepaper – Agile Adoption in Government

How can government agencies become agile? Delivery in government must align to security constraints, be transparent in the spending of public moneys, and have tight governance and control. How, in such an environment, can a public agency make best use of agile frameworks to deliver more with less. This whitepaper by Zen Ex Machina is…

Demistifying Agile Estimation and Planning

Many of us estimate by hours, but is this the most effective mechanism to forecast future delivery? In this talk at DevFest 2018, to the Google Developer Group Sydney, Matthew Hodgson looks at a number of techniques in agile estimation and planning. He’ll throw away the rhetoric and dogma, and look at why the most…

Agile Strategic Planning

Can you predict the future? Can it be planned in the 21st century? In the face of relentless technological change, disruptive forces in industry after industry, global competition, and so on, planning often seems like pointless wishful thinking. And yet, planning is clearly essential for any company of any size. For those teams who have…

Evidenced Based Management – Measuring value to enable improvement and Business Agility

Organisations invest in agile processes, tools, training, and coaching, but how much are they getting back? Has product delivery improved? How much happier are users and the business customers? Are employees empowered and enabled? Traditional metrics might give you insight into improvements of operational efficiency, but the real conversation is about the value created for your organisation by…

What does a Product Owner do and who should fulfil this role?

What does a Product Owner do? Is it a full time job? Are they the customer? Are they the owner of the product? It’s been over 15 years since the Agile Manifesto was signed and a new era heralded with a focus on working products over (but not to the exclusion of) documentation. Schwaber and…

What makes a good coach?

Agile coaching is not for the faint hearted. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very rewarding, but sometimes its difficult when there is a lot of organisational and individual resistance.  A common frustration I hear among my agile coaching peers is that their teams aren’t listening to them. The coach says they have been pretty clear about…

Executive Agility

Many people are starting to recognise that agile has a lot to offer outside software development, but where do you start? Leadership support is critical to the success of agile initiatives, without their support, agile will likely fail [1]. However, many executives have not been schooled in agile frameworks — their education often comes from…

APAC CIO Outlook recognises ZXM as a Top 10 Agile Solution Provider 2018

ZXM was again recognised by APAC CIO Outlook as one of thw Top 10 Agile Solution Providers for the second year in a row. Revitalising the Agile Culture Agile is more of a journey involving continuous practices than a one-stop destination with certain operational overhauls. However, most organizations consider certification and training of their staff…

Strategic Planning in Agile

What does strategic planning in agile look like? Do we need to fully understand and agree on a strategy before we proceed to deliver new products and outcomes? Traditional strategic planning is very wasteful Gartner [1] notes that while traditional portfolio strategic planning “sounds simple enough: Define the organization’s strategy and make resource allocation decisions…