How to use structured play for business to unblock creativity

If you have wicked problems to solve and you want another way to generate ideas or solve problems -- brainstorming gets you part of the way. But have you considered gamestorming (structured play for business) as a way of unblocking your creativity and getting the ball rolling? Getting a bunch of smart people in the room is often the … Continue reading How to use structured play for business to unblock creativity

Agile Project Management in easy steps

In October 2014 I shared how I would start work on the second edition of Agile Project Management in easy steps. The last few months have been hectic, with my MBA studies, and starting a new job; but finally, last week, we got the final edits completed and the manuscript files have been handed over to the publishers. … Continue reading Agile Project Management in easy steps

Take two goals into a sprint? Creating a focus on improvement as well as delivery

We've all heard the reports that tell us how multi-tasking is not effective, how context-switching causes us unrecoverable down-time. We know from this that we need to be more tightly focused on a single goal (per sprint), one that we can organise our work around, one that more easily helps us know that what we're doing … Continue reading Take two goals into a sprint? Creating a focus on improvement as well as delivery

It’s structure, not culture, that kills change

Are you attempting a large-scale transformation, taking your organisation on a journey to a leaner, fitter future so you can deliver delightful quality customer experiences responsively, seizing market opportunities or tackling problems even before they appear? If so, then you’ve probably drunk the cool-aid that it’s all about culture, that you have to change the … Continue reading It’s structure, not culture, that kills change

Stop yanking my chain. Unpicking supply and value

Supply chain? Value chain? They're interchangeable right? What's the difference and does it matter? Recently, someone told me they wanted to 'identify where they sit in their value chain'. While this sounds reasonable, it really makes no sense at all. While we know what they meant--or at least we think we do--it's vital to unpick the question to understand it, as the … Continue reading Stop yanking my chain. Unpicking supply and value

Waterfall projects are more successful than agile projects?

Waterfall projects are more successful than agile projects. Wait! What? For a university paper I am currently writing, I revisited the 2013 Chaos Manifesto. This report marked a watershed moment in the long history of the Standish Group and their biennial Chaos Reports that chart the factors that make projects successful. What stood out for … Continue reading Waterfall projects are more successful than agile projects?

Leadership capability patterns: Politics

Part of an ongoing series of articles on leadership capability patterns; this article looks at some leadership patterns that relate to politics and conflict. Let’s imagine a large organisation where you have the opportunity to introduce a significant new department or service. While your role may have some elements of delivery, you could expect that a large proportion of your time would … Continue reading Leadership capability patterns: Politics

Leadership capability patterns: Culture

Part of an ongoing series of articles on leadership capability patterns; this article looks at some leadership patterns that relate to culture and behaviour. In 2006, I joined Sky TV in the UK on their sky.com project. Sky already had over 8 million customers with satellite subscription, and had just acquired Easynet, bringing in another 1 million broadband accounts. … Continue reading Leadership capability patterns: Culture

Starting a new chapter, from contributor to author

From October 2014, I have finally made the move from article writer and book contributor to becoming a fully-fledged author, working with John Carroll on the next edition of Agile Project Management in easy steps. John is a project management consultant of many years experience, author of several books, the blogger behind The Tao of Project Management, … Continue reading Starting a new chapter, from contributor to author

Planning Snap, or how Planning Poker can go wrong

You know when someone pulls out the packs of planning poker cards that you're about to enter into a parallel universe where the normal rules of working life are temporarily suspended and we use a form of game-play to get us past the awkwardness of not wanting to estimate our backlog items. I will be writing … Continue reading Planning Snap, or how Planning Poker can go wrong