Collaboration vs Cooperation

They sound similar, and are often conflated, but what are key differences and reasons why you might want to work collaboratively instead of just cooperatively? Agile frameworks succeed precisely because they allow people the flexibility to work collaboratively. In teams that collaborate everyone is contributing to the same end goal. Collaboration, though, is an active…

What does a Product Owner do?

The Product Owner is a role in many Agile Frameworks. They are responsible for optimising the delivery of products and maximising the value of the work of the Team. But what does a Product Owner do? This ZXM document describes: The expectations of Product Owners – including communicating the vision, scope management and collaboration and…

What does a Scrum Master do?

The Scrum Master is a role in Scrum – an Agile Framework for optimising the delivering products. In most organisations, when someone is given responsibility they are concurrently given the authority necessary for success. Scrum Masters are in a different situation. But what does a Scrum Master do? This ZXM document describes: The expectations of…

1st Conference 2017, Melbourne. Scrum: Declutter. Optimise. Deliver.

How do you unclutter the dogma surrounding Scrum’s 20 year history? Can you find its powerful Lean, user-centred powerhouse for collaborative improvement? Some people throw away Scrum after a while through the false belief that its just for newbies, but when you get back to Scrum’s origins you can find a treasure trove of simple Patterns…

Scrum Master and Product Owner Training Sessions 2017

Over the past two years, we’ve seen a lot of Australian Government Agencies embark on an Agile journey as part of their digital transformation. ZXM has significant experience in training and coaching agile methods to government and corporates. We’ve led and supported over 500 people across dozens of teams in over 12 organisations in the last…

Dealing with Dysfunction: Agile NZ 2016

Asimov’s Laws of Robotics help man and machine get along. So, where are the laws that stop teams from hurting themselves either by action or inaction? This talk at Agile NZ 2016 in Auckland looks at adopting couples counselling patterns to treat team dysfunction. M

Silicon Review names ZXM as one of the 50 Smartest Companies for 2016

We are excited to announce that we have been named by the Silicon Review as one of the 50 smartest companies for 2016. Its been a fantiastic achievement and we would like to thank all our wonderful staff and clients for helping us achieve this fantastic recognition by peers in our field. The Silicon Review…

Agile Product Ownership and the Role of the Business Analyst

As part of the IIBA stream at the recent Australian Computer Society Conference #ACSCanCon16, I explored agile product ownership and the role of a business analyst when they move to an Agile project. I thought about how business analysts play an important role. In traditional waterfall projects they usually act as the link between the…

Beyond Lean UX: Making Enterprise Agility and Scrum more User-Centred

We get the best feedback from working software over documentation, says Alistair Cockburn when commenting recently on the Agile Manifesto. View on Prezi: http://prezi.com/x3dgayc1zbpa/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share And while some look at enterprise use of Lean UX to make us more customer focused with feedback loops, what can we do instead to make Scrum at scale more user-centred? How…

The 8 Elements of Agile Coaching

Lyssa Adkins has a well-known coaching model amongst agile professionals. I saw it last year when I was at Agile 2015 in DC. When I saw Lyssa presenting this model in a role play session up on the stage, though, I was struck by what I saw. Having a psych background, I saw her helping someone…