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 colocated 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.