Agile Culture Category

Lean and Agile Games

Learning about Lean and Agile is often done best through some games.  Lean and Agile games provide an opportunity for teams to grasp lean and agile concepts and practices, share experience, realise better ways of working, and help facilitate your ‘aha’ or ‘Lightbulb Moment‘. And they are fun! Below is a short collection of Lean […]

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The Illusive Definition of Agile

What is agile?  How would you define it?  Is it a set of practices?  Is it a way of management? We often say agile is a culture and a mindset. To me Agile is not something you do, but something you are. If you don’t subscribe to the Agile values and principles and only follow […]

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The Mythical Man-Month Is Not A Myth

Brooks’ law is a principle in software development which says that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”.  It was coined by Fred Brooks in his well renowed 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. There was a recent project where unrealistic timelines were imposed on a team and the project was running late […]

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There is no ‘Best Practice’ in Agile

Joe Townsend has written an article along the lines what I have been saying for a while now – in Agile there is no ‘best practice’, and as Townsend puts it What works for you, your team, division, corporation, etc. can bring another person, team, etc. to a screeching halt. In particular, one needs to […]

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Agile as a way to profitable growth

Not only should Agile or Lean concepts be adopted for projects, but it should also be harnessed at an organizational level to be more competitive. By focusing more on the bottom line and ignoring the human capital it was one of the reasons What Killed GM: General Motors managers became very numbers obsessed and bottom-line […]

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Bridging IT and business

We sometimes hear that business is not getting value out of IT.  Technology and tools are constantly improving but we often have missed expectations.  The need to align business and IT is getting more important. Incorrect assumptions of what the client needs often leads to incorrect actions resulting in wasted effort. Next time you  speak […]

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Traditional Project Management Role on a Scrum Project

A “good read” article on Agile Journal, An Agile PM Isn’t What You Think Sub-Head: Where Does Traditional Project Management Fit in an Agile Project Using Scrum There is always considerable discussion about the role of the Traditional Project Manager on an Agile Scrum Project and this article describes it very well. In the end, […]

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Executive Support For Agile Adoption

One of the biggest failure to adopt Agile is not having the right mindshift change.  This mindshift change can be quite signficant for some.  Agile methodologies are a paradigm shift from tranditional “monumental” waterfall methodologies. Managers and organisational leaders have a key role in helping adopting and transitioning to agile and this starts with the […]

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