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…

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…

ZXM named in Top 10 Innovative Agile Solution Providers

Insights Success magazine recently release its Sept issue featuring the 10 Most innovative Agile Solution providers. Very excited that ZXM was named as one of these companies and recognised for leading large organisations with Business Agility.  We have had an interesting Journey ZXM started with a focus primarily on customer experience, and digital product design and…

Accelerate Through Retrospectives

I had been sitting in a few team retrospectives and hearing the same old tired pattern of “what went well, what didn’t, what can we improve”. The teams were bored, i was bored, they were just doing mechanical scrum. Retrospectives are such a powerful tool to drive continuous improvement, but what i was seeing was…