Peace Through Prosperity- 2017 a retrospective – inspect, adapt, expand. #Agile #OpenSource #SocialTransformation

Third Cohort of women entrepreneurs partaking in Peace Through Prosperity's mini-MBA program.

Third Cohort of women entrepreneurs partaking in Peace Through Prosperity’s mini-MBA program.

2017 was epic, turbulent, encouraging, phenomenal, hard, exciting, exploratory, reflective, transformative, fulfilling and a successful year for Peace Through Prosperity. Thanks to its incredible team, ambassadors and supporters. Thank you all.

2017 by numbers

  • 9 month engagement in 11 marginalised areas of Karachi, Pakistan
  • 304 male beneficiaries completed mini-MBA for micro-entrepreneurs
    • across 5 separate trades*
    • delivered average revenue growth: 10%
    • average profitability growth: 108%
    • and created 19 new jobs.

In real terms this translates to individual micro-entrepreneurs taking home an extra $142 per month. Their daily net (take home) income has grown from $4.4/day to $9.13/day. That’s not it! 19 unemployed individuals found jobs created by the growth experienced by the micro-entrepreneurs. An individual micro-entrepreneur and their immediate family benefited for sure, and so did their local community. Continue reading

Agile for Entrepreneurs – as delivered at Google Campus London

A short talk delivered at Google Campus London on the 3rd of April. It probably does not make much sense without the commentary but since attendees wanted access to it, here it is!

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Agile Coaching: A guide for project managers stepping into a Scrum team – Health warnings!

This is first of a series of blogs to support traditional project managers I am coaching. To help get their bearings in deep and murky waters of Agile projects and Scrum teams.

Before the scrum purists amongst you vehemently shake your heads or berate me on the title, consider being pragmatic. In the Professional Services world there is always a project manager to manage complexity and facilitate the Scrum team(s). My remit is to facilitate and empower the role to help the team, business and customers succeed, rather than debate its applicability and existence. Continue reading

Applying Agile beyond tech – key ingredients


This post started of as an email to Yashin Lin from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Yashin reached out for advise on applying agile practices in non-technical teams in the social/international development sector.  This post is a guide I intend to keep building on, so do check back for updates or subscribe to be kept updated.

Introducing agility to teams, programs and organisations is less about selecting the appropriate agile framework and more about changing the culture, mindset of the teams and the organisation designing and delivering such programs of work.

Agile is a mindset, a worldview, not a set of how-to’s. However there are procedures and practices that teams in the development sector can borrow from Agile frameworks; Continue reading

A product owner’s guide to writing acceptance criteria for user stories

‘I want to create a practical guide for product owners to facilitate them in writing acceptance criteria for user stories so that their output is of value to the scrum team’


You’ll find pages after pages describing what an acceptance criteria is and how to write a good one, what it should include or not, however this post takes a practical approach for Product Owners to follow. You’ll find post after post describing how product owners ought to use Gherkin script to develop/write an acceptance criteria, which in my opinion is not a practical approach, there are a few things wrong with that approach, a few come to mind right now: Continue reading