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The Tyranny of Measurement – Bad Targets

Cheating isn’t bad, targets are bad! You are probably cheating, somewhere in your life you are cheating. Some of this cheating is the good kind, and some isn’t. What’s interesting is it’s mostly driven by one thing. Targets. Bear with me, this does have relevance to Agile, eventually. Throughout all walks of life we’re beset […]

Scrum Gathering 2012

I’ve recently attended the Scrum Gathering 2012 in Atlanta, GA. I’d presented at the previous on in London and was delighted to be accepted to speak again in Atlanta. I enjoy the sense of community and shared values I find at the Scrum Gathering, lots of interesting people with interesting points of view. The event […]

Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2012

  The apocalypse is spreading, eerily parallelling the storyline from Left 4 Dead 2, it’s spreading to the deep south. Atlanta GA. If you’re attending the Scrum Gathering, come and find out what the apocalypse is all about. There will be fun, Zombies, mayhem, and maybe we’ll all learn a little something that is useful […]

Blame the workman, not the tool

We’re doing scrum but we don’t do retrospective’.. or We’re doing scrum but we don’t worry about ‘done’ at the end of a sprint because we’re still adding value… These are actual statements from both a working Scrum Master and a non related Scrum Team. So what? what’s wrong with that? we’re still agile right? […]

Cancelling out Broken Scrums

Does the team(s) in your Scrum or Agile implementation or look like this? Ok so ignore the first major alarm bell of the ‘Agile Project Manager, that’s a whole other blog. Read the titles again, have you hired for or do you have these positions for your agile implementation? Hang on though it isn’t working, […]

Over Commitment

OK, this post has nothing to do with bigamy.. If you really want to know more about that we can explore it in another post. Often in my careers as a Scrum Master I’ve experienced or heard from colleagues that the team is consistently failing to deliver all their planned stories in a sprint. There […]

Scrum Gathering London 2011

Scrum Gathering London 2011 Would your team survive a zombie apocalypse?   his was something I was keen to explore, how could I combine my passion for the Zombie genre, gaming and Scrum into something that could be used to help people understand what makes teams tick. Ever since my days as a soldier in […]

Injury Time

friend of mine contacted me last week for advice. The “project management” had decided to adjust the length of the current sprint due to a number of ‘days being lost’. He wanted my thoughts on it. I found it curious at first, I can understand the point of view that you want a 10 day […]

Product Owner, trust the sat nav

his weekend I had a packed schedule. Following a heavy night out having dinner with friends, my wife, daughter & I were supposed to attend another friends daughters christening at 09:45 on Sunday (who does them so early?). So my goal is to reach my destination on time, especially as we were late to the […]