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…

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…

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 2018

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…