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. Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness
  6. The Scrum Guide
  7. Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
  8. User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
  9. Agile Estimating and Planning
  10. Large-Scale Scrum: More with Less
  11. The People’s Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation
  12. Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition
  13. The Coach’s Casebook: Mastering The Twelve Traits That Trap Us
  14. Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both
  15. Soft Systems Methodology in Action
  16. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  17. tools for thinking modelling in management science
  18. The winning mindset
  19. 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

AgiliTea

Agile is a natural state of being – life evolved over time through inspection and adaption at a cellular level. We inspect and adapt on a daily basis when we make decisions; to take the motorway or to avoiding it, walk out with an umbrella or not! We use data and patterns we are familiar with to do so, that is agility. How we implement it using frameworks and tools to facilitate and compliment the thought process is agile.

I facilitate people and organisations to nurture an agile mindset that is geared towards responsiveness to change, through empirical experimentation. This is supported by the adoption of tools and processes to deliver value often, and to learn from the experience to continuously improve.

If you’d like to share a good brew and explore how we can work together, where I can facilitate you, your team(s) and organisation to seed and nurture an agile mindset please 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.

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

Developing User Stories – Beyond the Basics

User stories when developed and utilised correctly are the most powerful agile technique to capture product functionality, though writing user stories may seem easy, writing good stories is hard. Furthermore most of us get fixated and seldom go beyond the basics, and end up with visibly complete but useless user stories!User Story anecdote Sept 2015

Components of a User Story evolve/grow both vertically (spawn more Epics) and horizontally (become more involved) – their state of completion changes during the product and sprint backlog’s lifecycle. In the deck below I explore individual components that make up a ‘complete’ and ‘ready for dev’ user story, it is based on personal successes and failures and is by its agile nature an incomplete deck! it will evolve and as it does I’ll keep you folks updated.


 

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