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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Release Train Engineer – The Master Scrum Master

When scaling Agile at an enterprise level, coordination and alignment across multiple teams is challenging. Whilst Agile teams are self-organising and empowered, someone needs to steer the train to keep it on the tracks to facilitate program level processes and execution, escalate impediments, manage issues, mitigate risks, and drive continuous improvement. This is my presentation form the…

The Unsubscribed – Designing for Conversion

Many small businesses focus exclusively on creating a web site with amazing graphics, beautiful imagery and classic typography. The visual aesthetic, though, is only one of many factors in conversion. Creating an experience designed to influence behaviour – attract registrations, increase readership, improve likes and favourites and increase sales – requires designers and developers to…

New Government panel listing

Zen Ex Machina is now on the AGIMO ICT MultiList Panel, so now it’s even easier for our Federal Government clients to access the best minds in Government Program and Citizen-Centric UX in Australia.