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…

PRINCE2 processes vs Agile development frameworks

UPDATED: 27/05/2017 PRINCE2 has been the gold standard for project management certification for over a decade. It’s commonly a prerequisite for project managers and is recognised as being essential for keeping projects “in control” particularly in the public sector in Australia where Zen Ex Machina does a lot of its work. I think it is with…

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…

The Retrospective

What is a Retrospective and how can you get the most out of this key Scrum event?

Backlog Refinement Patterns: Ying and Yang

The Scrum Guide is a great, simple instruction book that reminds people that to get the best out of Scrum. Remember, the Scrum Guide is only 13 pages long, so don’t over complicate things. The devil is in the detail, though. While it reads very black and white, knowing how to accomplish things like Backlog…

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…

How do I run the Sprint Review?

The Daily Scrum (also known as the Stand-up) is a means for the Development Team to inspect their Sprint Goal and adapt their Sprint Backlog so that they can hold true to their commitments. Most Daily Scrums, however, turn quickly into a status report meeting either to the Scrum Master, the Product Owner, or even […]

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…

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…

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…