Recently, I volunteered to make free lunches for over 2,600 school kids. As well as doing good, I felt this could be a fantastic opportunity to observe the theory of constraints in practice. It was, and I discovered some really unexpected insights (for me).
“The only thing constant is change”. We’ve all heard that phrase. Maybe so much that we tune it out as a cliché. The world around us is constantly disrupting us … everywhere in our lives. “We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond“. But, how do we respond to[…]
People often use the terms agile and lean interchangeably, as if they are the same thing. They are not. Others assume that if you are doing one then you are doing the other. This is partly true, although they are quite different concepts that come from different sources. While applying lean principles to agile development[…]
Too many people still seem to adopt Scrum by going through the motions, like playing a game of soccer at school because its the team sports lesson. Of course, better results are achieved when players are serious about improving their ball skills and team behaviors. They become invested in the outcome. How do we shift[…]
This week, I passed my Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist certification, with a score of 89% (46 questions out of 52 right). Whilst I am happy to have added a better understanding of another approach to scaling agility in large organizations, not everyone shares my enthusiasm.
Should key terms be written with leading capitals or in sentence case? Should someone be known as a Product Owner or product owner? We are used to so many of the terms we encounter and use day-to-day being capitalized. Articles, course, and books all scream them. Why is this? Are these really proper nouns or is it just marketing[…]
Wait? What? Did I read that right? One hundred and one techniques? Sounds like a lot. Are you sure?
Following the 2015 success of ‘Agile Project Management in easy steps‘, I was asked to write a book on Scrum. Two years later it has now been published and will be available through most booksellers and websites, as well as electronically. However it was not a certainty that I would do this.
While our delivery teams focus on designing, building, and testing product increments, we can pretty much guarantee that unforeseen events will interfere with their work. Once these have occurred, we call these impediments, because they block or impede work. While they are still just potential, we call them risks. It is good practice to identify[…]
I have been quiet for a while, and this is largely because through the last nine months I have been completing my masters thesis on strategic business agility. This is vital today, as organisations face turbulence caused by so many factors like digital disruption, climate change, financial crises, regulatory change. Yet nearly two-thirds of organisations attempting to change[…]