Scrum Coaching in Canberra — Top 5 tips for using Scrum in Government

I’ve been Coaching Scrum for government agencies in Canberra (Australia) for quite a few years now. It’s an ideal framework for managing projects and programs of work because Ministers can change their minds about policy or suddenly announce new ones and it enables systems that support the machinery of government need to adapt to new technologies,…

Whitepaper – Agile Adoption in Government

What are the key considerations when choosing to adopt agile methods in a government context? This whitepaper by Zen Ex Machina is aimed at government senior executives and managers. It examines the benefits of adoption of Scrum to both initiate new projects and rescued stalled ones within a government context. In this whitepaper, Zen Ex…

Empowering Teams using SCRUM – The Power of NO

I recently presented at the LAST (Lean, Agile, Systems, Thinking) Conference in Melbourne about a project where I was asked to test if it was feasible to use Scrum to help a lifecycle management team manage their projects whilst also juggling their business as usual activities (maintenance, help desk support etc). The team had found…

10 tips for adopting Scrum to save your project

We’ve been involved in a number of projects now to move them from their existing project management frameworks to Scrum. The reasons for the move continue to be the same: The project is still in analysis phase The project’s longer term vision is relatively unknown so it isn’t progressing The project’s wheels are spinning and…

ACS – 2012 An Agile Approach to Optimising our Digital Strategy

Today, the most popular way people prefer to make contact with organisations is online as customers embrace new digital channels. We needed to modernize our digital presence to take the conversation to the channels where those conversations are taking place. Utilising an Agile approach allowed us to build capability and adapt to a changing environment….

Social Media in Government — Workshop April 2012

Zen Ex Machina are holding a social media for government workshop at the upcoming Australian Government Social Media Best Practice Toolkit conference by Ark Group. Where: Canberra, Australia When: 17-18 April 2012 In our hands-on and interactive workshop participants will learn to: Examine the risk profile associated with adoption of social media and the methods…