Success

I recently wrote here about the benefits of failure. One of my recent failures reminded me about the importance of success. I thought that to be nicely circular enough to warrant a new post! You see, while it's important to embrace failure - how else are you going to learn? - it is just as important … Continue reading Success

Failure

Failure is not an option! I've heard that phrase a number of times during my career. Mostly by people imitating a manager they heard in a meeting, but still too often. What's remarkable is that this phrase is usually uttered at the moment that it is becoming very clear that, yes, failure seems to not … Continue reading Failure

On Discipline, Feedback and Management

Change is hard. If we know that about 80% of organisational change programs fail, then it's easy to appreciate just how hard. Why is that? And, more importantly, what can we do to make it easier? Recently, I saw a tweet come by from Alan Shalloway. He wrote that, back in the days, people were saying: … Continue reading On Discipline, Feedback and Management

Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 2

First day report here. Steve Denning on Radical Management (slides are here) The second day of the London Scrum Gathering started with a Keynote by Steve Denning. Where yesterday's workshop had been about his storytelling work, today he was full-on about Radical Management. He quickly sketched the main points of his book (which everyone got … Continue reading Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 2

Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 1

I've been having an interesting couple of weeks. Last week I attended the Lean and Kanban Benelux conference in Antwerp, and then had a wonderful three days with Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson when they came over at Qualogy to teach me and my collaeques in the ways of Agile development skills. This week, I'm … Continue reading Scrum Gathering London 2011 – day 1

Adventures in Rework

I came across this post by Martin Fowler, on the Strangler Application pattern, and its accompanying paper. This brought back memories of some of my own adventures in rework, some fond, others not so much. In all cases, though, I think they were very valuable lessons on what to do and not to do when … Continue reading Adventures in Rework

Reading up: 5 Books To Read If You Want To Really Understand Agile

Last year, I posted an overview of some books every programmer should read. Those still stand, and I find more and more examples where I would like to re-iterate the advice to read those books. This post is about other books, though. Books related to Agile and Lean principles and practices. There are many books … Continue reading Reading up: 5 Books To Read If You Want To Really Understand Agile

Performance Reviews

One of the things that makes my commute to work enjoyable (next to the BBC Friday night comedy hour) is the LeanBlog podcast. In it Mark Graban talks to different people about Lean. The people he talks to have varying backgrounds, and the general quality of the podcast is very high. One of the podcasts … Continue reading Performance Reviews

5 ways to make sure your sprint velocity is a useless number

Velocity always seemed a nice and straightforward concept to me. You measure how much you get done in a certain period of time, and use that to project how much you'll probably get done in the same amount of time in the future. Simple to measure, enables empirical planning, simple to use in projections and … Continue reading 5 ways to make sure your sprint velocity is a useless number

Scrum for a management team

Scrum (or something that looks like it) can be used for things besides software development projects. Just look at the interest for ‘Scrum Beyond Software’ last fall. But there are some things that need to be taken into account when doing so. So what are those, when applying Scrum for a distributed management team? This … Continue reading Scrum for a management team