Applying Agile principles and values to transform society

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A huge thank you to organisers and delegates at Drupal Camp Belgium for having me over and for the privilege of their platform to advocate for Peace Through Prosperity.

This was my fourth session at a camp in Belgium over the years! the message remains the same and the audience just as receptive. #Thankyou

Was brilliant catching up with old friends! Wouter, Nicky and Fred you were missed!

The deck from earlier in the day, shall link the recording as and when it’s available.

And delighted to share DropSolid will be sponsoring Peace Through Prosperity again in 2018! #Thankyou 

There is a lesson in there for bigger corps who have to date shied away from sponsoring Peace Through Prosperity! #Reflect #YouKnowWhoYouAre

Lastly, If you got value from what I have shared please consider giving back by contributing to @BringPTP, you can follow, broadcast or donate.

Peace Through Prosperity works to improve the environment for peace building by nurturing prosperity in conflict affected communities.

We work to alleviate poverty and secure livelihoods through empowering micro-entrepreneurs with knowledge, skills and increasing their access to income and opportunities.

We support small businesses, owned/managed by vulnerable and marginalised individuals/groups in society.

Building borderless entrepreneurial ecosystem – Peace Through Prosperity and 9others – road to Yemen!

At Peace Through Prosperity we know firsthand the impact people-to-people support networks bring, having a trusted network is something no entrepreneur should be without. With 9others we have been delivering these for micro-entrepreneurs in marginalised communities since 2014. Combined with our mini-MBA and coaching programmes for micro-entrepreneurs this additional level of support has become an invaluable compliment for beneficiaries we work with. Continue reading

Bookshelf

This is my Agility related bookshelf, I keep adding to it, if you find it of interest suggest you bookmark it or subscribe to be kept posted on additions to it.

Books

  1. Agile Manifesto #MustRead!
  2. Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind #Seriously!
  4. Impact Mapping: Making a Big Impact with Software Products and Projects
  5. The Design Thinking Playbook: Mindful Digital Transformation of Teams, Products, Services, Businesses and Ecosystems
  6. Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness
  7. The Scrum Guide
  8. Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
  9. User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
  10. Agile Estimating and Planning
  11. Large-Scale Scrum: More with Less
  12. The People’s Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation
  13. Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition
  14. The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering The Twelve Traits That Trap Us
  15. Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both
  16. Soft Systems Methodology in Action
  17. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  18. tools for thinking modelling in management science
  19. The winning mindset
  20. The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness

Talks and Vids:

Subscriptions: The Agilist – online but the analogue version is money well spent and helps keep the non-profit funded! Someday I’ll add my opinions on these titles, in the meantime If you’d like to discuss any of them over a good brew feel free to get in touch. As for where I can add value… I am an entrepreneur turned intrapreneur turned agile coach! What I’ve achieved across multiple verticals is best reflected by feedback and recommendations from people I have worked with. You can view them here, and you can get in touch with me via LinkedIn.

Product Owners… Servant leaders! our first line of defence.

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Scrum advocates our Scrum Master’s are the shield for the team, I have lived with that for many years… But for the past few I’ve been advocating a slightly different approach. Sure Scrum Masters are the shield, however if it comes to that our problems have already come too close! The Uruk-hai are already at the Gates of Hornburg! We need them dealt with further upstream! The defence of the team (including the Product owner and Scrum Master)… specially high performing teams I’ve worked with starts with the Product Owner! Continue reading

Being human, taking Open Source, Agile and Cloud beyond tech! at Drupal Europe

Privileged to be given the opportunity by organisers at Drupal Europe to share Peace Through Prosperity‘s journey with the Drupal community. Thank you! This was the third rendition of this talk since 2015, and in this time our charity, our work, progress of our beneficiaries and our learnings from it have come a long way. Continue reading