Lean and Agile Category

Lead And Own Your Business Transformation

The World Is Rapidly Changing The world has changed and the pace of change is accelerating rapidly.  The customer is the new boss and their expectations are higher.  Empowered customers increasingly expect you to do business on their terms.  Digital disruption is changing how companies deliver the value proposition of existing goods and services.  Globalisation has […]

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Webinar – The role of a BA in large agile environments

This webinar was recorded in June 2014.  I was on a panel with Bernd Schiffer discussing the role of a BA in large agile environments hosted by Pete Cohen.  I forgot to post this at the time and although it was two years ago the discussion is still relevant today. Thanks to Lynne Cazaly for capturing the […]

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LAST Conference 2016 – Agile Innovation and Thinking Like a Startup

My presentation at LAST Conference 2016 titled “Agile Innovation and Thinking Like a Startup” is available on Slideshare. Many enterprises are struggling to innovate whilst smaller startups are disrupting the market. Existing organisational business models work well in a known and predictable environment. However, these approaches fail when applied to an uncertain and changing environment. In this […]

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1st Conference 2015 – Evoking Excellence Through Agile Coaching

The presentation I delivered last year at  1st Conference 2015 titled “Evoking Excellence Through Agile Coaching” is available on Slideshare.  

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LAST Conference 2016 – Pirate Metrics AARRR !

My Lightning Talk at the opening session of LAST Conference 2016 titled “Pirate Metrics” is available on Slideshare. The talk is a quick 5 minute introduction to the Pirate Metrics based on Dave McClure’s startup metrics.  Fans of Lucas Art’s game ‘Secret of Monkey Island’ would enjoy the inclusion in my talk. AARRR!!! Here’s some of the tweets […]

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Scrum Australia 2016 – Lean Discovery

My presentation at Scrum Australia 2016 titled “Lean Discovery” is available on Slideshare. “The hardest part of building any software system is determining precisely what to build.” – Fredrick Brooks. Discovering exactly what customers, stakeholders, and sponsors want to create is often the most difficult part of product development. Getting everyone aligned can be fraught […]

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Do you have a real deadline?

The first written record on the use of the word “deadline” was in 1864.  It was a the term to describe the line over which prisoners were forbidden to go – Along the interior of the stockade, 19 feet from the stockade wall, was a line of small wooden posts with a wood rail on top. […]

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7 Stages of Waterfall

The seven stages of waterfall: Perfect plan Wild enthusiasm Total confusion Death march  The search for the guilty The persecution of the innocent The promotion of the incompetent     Adapted from Roger Rothstein’s ‘6 Stages of (film/movie) Production’.

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Leaders need to focus on providing Clarity and Competence, not control

Self-organising teams is the antithesis to hierarchical structures that exist in many organisations.  Traditional leadership required a strong leader to take control, attract followers and make it happen.  Modern leadership is about leaders giving control and creating leaders. Self-organisation requires autonomy and control to be given to teams.   This includes trusting individuals to figure out how to solve problems, make […]

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Rethinking Agile Procurement and Contracts

One of Edward Deming’s 14 Prinicples from his book Out of the Crisis (1982),  contains a very astute principle that procurement should grasp: End the practice of awarding business on price tag alone. Instead, minimize total cost – move towards a single supplier for any item, on trust. I was recently interviewed for an article […]

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