Thursday, 7 April 2016

Inside the Dragons' Den @ Agile Australia 2016

It is that time of year again, when the various big agile conferences send out the acceptance and rejections notifications to those who submitted proposals. In Australia, this is generally followed by some twitter chatter from those who didn’t make the cut.  This time last year I was one of the many who received a “thanks but no thanks” email from Agile Australia. To be frank, I was surprised. I had submitted two talks that had been accepted by the Agile 2015 conference but were rejected by Agile Australia. What was up with that?  After much soul searching I decided that the only course of action was to volunteer some of my time and get involved in the process next time around. So it was with the best of intentions and high hopes that I became an Advisor to Agile Australia 2016.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Video: The Magic Carpet Ride- A Business Perspective on DevOps

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Good PI Planning is the Enemy of Great PI Planning

When I first met +Dean Leffingwell, I had already launched the EDW Release Train - without doing PI Planning. I was attending one of the early SPC classes in Boulder, CO. It was day 3 before I built up the courage to ask Dean the question that had been on my mind since I decided to attend the class: What should I do about the fact we weren’t doing PI Planning?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

There is no such thing a Feature Owner... Or is there?

When an organisation introduces agile, it is not uncommon for there to be a mass rollout of Agile Fundamentals training, where the role of the Product Owner is positioned as being an empowered business person who is collocated with and 100% dedicated to working with the agile team. This sounds wonderful in theory, but when we start to scale this begins to get tricky.

I once worked for an organisation that had a policy whereby, you were only allowed to run your project agile if the business made a product owner 80% available to the project. Of course, the business wasn’t silly, they knew how to get around this constraint - either find someone in their department who isn’t adding a whole lot of value and allocate them to support the agile team or hire a contractor off the street and have them fill the role of Agile Product Owner. Problem solved!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Scaling Agile - Cucumber Podcast

As part of my participation in CukeUp Australia last month, the team at Cucumber invited me to join them in recording a podcast about Scaling Agile and how large organisations can make it work.

You can tune to the discussion with +Terry Yin+Matt Wynne+Hamish Tedeschi,  +Steve Tooke and of course me, using the +SoundCloud player below.