Why adopting Scrum is more than a game

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 … Continue reading Why adopting Scrum is more than a game

101 techniques for product discovery and delivery in Scrum

Wait? What? Did I read that right? One hundred and one techniques? Sounds like a lot. Are you sure? Scrum, as we know, is a framework for iterative and incremental feedback-driven product development. A framework provides only the bare bones within which we can follow a number of different practices to achieve the same ends. … Continue reading 101 techniques for product discovery and delivery in Scrum

How to avoid siloed villages of practice

Communities of Practice are great, right? Whether you call them Guilds, Centres of Excellence, or Special Interest Groups -- it is good to create a space for people who share a common discipline to support their joint professional development. But what happens if these sit in isolated pockets? Welcome to the headache of Villages of Practice. The benefits of communities … Continue reading How to avoid siloed villages of practice

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

We are all designers now

When the discipline of business analysis first established itself, it was important that it be differentiated from other disciplines. Part of this distinction was that business analysis focuses on the 'what' and 'why' of a solution, rather than the 'how' – the latter being the responsibility of solution architects, developers, and the like. I have … Continue reading We are all designers now

Adding business value – focus on delivering what our organisations really need

How can we be sure that the projects and activities in which we're involved actually grow our organisations in the direction they need. The incremental adjustments towards an organisation's goals are termed business value -- and in order to understand this, how we can plan to improve it, and measure that we have -- we must first define it. This article reviews a conversation on business value, and ends with a recommended definition that covers most scenarios.