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 Advertisements

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…

Lean Coffee

Lean Coffee is an structured but agenda less meeting that allows participants to gather, build and talk. Our implementation of Lean Coffee with this client was a way to informally discuss what was important to the team and look at ways to improve our efficiency, effectiveness and processes within the service delivery team. [Source: Lean…

Principles of Effective Project Governance

Regardless of whether you’re running an agile or waterfall project, effective project governance and stakeholder management underpins project success and results in efficient and timely decision making. Recently I was working on a project where there were times when decision making was stalled, while the Team navigated through a complex governance matrix, designed by the PMO,…

Patterns for breaking down usability and UX User Stories

So you’ve just finished usabilty testing in your Sprint and have a pile of changes for the Scrum Team to implement. Some are changes to Definition of Done for existing User Stories, some though, are wholy new User Stories. For the most part, the Business Owner and Product Owner agree that the application does require work now…

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…

Groupthink: the bane of high performing Agile Teams

What makes an agile team great and why? After coaching a number of teams in Scrum, we’ve now seen a number that, after a some months now, could be considered high performers. They break-down products relatively easily and they understand not only what rules of Scrum apply when, but most importantly they know why adhering to…

Becoming Agile: Is training enough?

I’ve noticed a lot of people doing some sort of agile training. I’m very heartened by this move. Even designers seem to be starting to understand that working in close collaboration with a small, multi-disciplinary team can both produce and release great products each and every Sprint. But is training enough? Some suggest that you’ve…

Scrum in a Business as Usual (BAU) Team

ZXM had been working on a project with a client using Scrum to help them set up an Intranet redevelopment project. The transparency and collaboration that the manager saw emerging out of the intranet project was very appealing to him. He decided that it might be adaptable to his BAU team. The BAU team  always…

Agile – When is the right time to go to users?

A UX colleague and friend of mine recently asked me, “when do you typically suggest the ‘right time’ to go to users is in an agile process”? No project really starts out from scratch. Typically, in most public and private organisations, a budget is assigned after some work is done to persuade others that the…