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When opportunity knocks

I used to let it frustrate me and then I came to accept it. Now, I am becoming increasingly intolerant of it – the attitude that it is up to …

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Minimum – the least understood word in IT?

 
I was having a friendly grumble on twitter with @dunc_smith about things that people don’t understand when it comes to delivering software. My comment was that minimum is the least …

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Commercial case for incremental delivery

In a traditional approach to product delivery a specification is written and a development team formed.  They work on the product for a number of months (sometimes years) and then …

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Environmental Change

I am currently trying to grow some tomatoes. It’s not really working out. They are struggling on, but whatever I do seems to just make things worse for them. I …

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What is a Value Driver?

 
I have been doing some work for a team that is struggling to deliver. They are established, have a vision that is okay and backlog that looks organised. On …

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Honesty is the best policy

 
It can be difficult to face up to the truth.
Sometimes the way that truth is told comes across as abrupt and direct and can have the opposite effect …

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Shared Vision

 
Quite often, it can take a long time before you get to ask those other questions, because you get stuck at the first one. I know it sounds crazy, …

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Exit criteria saves lives

Back in 1935 the Boeing Corporation developed a new fighting machine that became known as the Flying Fortress.  In a demo flight to the senior people of the USAF, the …

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Doing Scrum ‘right’? You’re probably doing it wrong

Really, this is a daft question – because agility is about flexibility and responsiveness in pursuit of delivery. It is not about getting Scrum right or being the best at …

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What’s happening upstream?

 
More often than not, the development teams that I meet are really pretty good. In fact I can’t ever remember walking in to a business where the development resource …

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The map is not the territory

 
There is sizable minority of people who now believe that agile methods fail.  Not having performed an extensive survey it is difficult to tell precisely what evidence there is …

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The Power of Conversation

 
At the end of all of our training courses we always get a request for the slide deck to be emailed to the participants. Of course we are happy …

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