Lean and Agile Category

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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Leadership Debt

For the past 10 years I have been working with various organisations to humanise the workplace, help improve the leadership capability and dampen the toxic culture that may currently exit.  A recent article  (28 Oct 2015) in the news has provided no relief. The article indicated that the thinking and culture of tomorrow’s leaders being taught at school’s […]

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LAST Conference 2015 – Agile Start Me Up – Using the Minimum Viable Discovery (MVD)

My presentation at last year’s LAST Conference 2015 titled “Agile Start Me Up – Using the Minimum Viable Discovery (MVD)” is available on Slideshare.

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Malcolm Turnbull – The Agile Australian Government

The Australian Government took a pivot 2 days ago with a new Prime Minister after a leadership spill.  In his acceptance speech, Malcolm Turnbull talked about a more ‘agile Australia’ and urged Australians to ’embrace disruption’.  He said his government would be “focused on ensuring that in the years ahead as the world becomes more and […]

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