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…

Relative Estimating and Sizing Stories

How should we size Stories? Not by hours but through looking at new work relative to the size we gave to old work.

Better together: Agile + Lean UX

I’ve always liked Dave Landis’s diagram on how design thinking, Lean UX and agile go together. Something, however, always felt a little off that these elements still seemed separate over being integrated. It took me til I went to Jeff Patton’s Passionate Product Owner course (CSPO) that I began to know what I didn’t know…

The Master Scrum Master – Scaling your Scrum Master capability in Government

Whilst Scrum Teams are self-organising and empowered, at scale, the Master Scrum Master (i.e. Chief Scrum Master) provides coordination and alignment to support teams’ delivery. In Government, this role is crucial to ensure that alignment not only across the teams, it also needs to be in line with program and portfolio strategic intentions for that government agency…

Demystifying Agile: Where did my role go?

Traditional projects have roles we’re all familiar with: project managers, business analysts, developers and testers. All of these roles align to specific phases of the project. Sticking with this paradigm brings certainty to the minds of those involved and gives the project a context where everyone knows what is expected of them. But Scrum doesn’t…