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 eBook details how: Zen Ex Machina has helped a number…

Zen Ex Machina recognised as one of the top 30 Innovative Companies to watch in 2017

Really excited that Insights Success named Zen Ex Machina as one of their top 30 innovative companies to watch in 2017. Zen Ex Machina: Simplifying Complex Business Problems with Enterprise Agility The digital economy has transformed the way both small and large businesses operate and engage with their customers. Competition, government policy, industry standards and…

Agile is a mindset. Agile is behaviour.

Ahmed Sidkey’s agile mindset image is one I remember fondly from a few years ago at Agile 2014 — a depiction of the differences between doing agile and being agile. I found it very useful at the time. After seeing it again at Agile NZ 2016, and looking at it’s linear flow from mindset to…

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…