Using Scrum for Organisational Change Management

When I first started doing Scrum I was focused on project delivery. As a software professional I wanted to find better ways of delivering customer value and Scrum made total sense to me.

But as I applied Scrum, I started to realise that Scrum isn’t actually about delivery; it is about change. Now as an agile coach I spend the majority of my time on change management.  In this post I investigate why Scrum is actually about change and how you can use it for approaching change. [Continue reading]

Lyssa Adkins is coming to New Zealand

Big news - Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd are finally coming to NZ. When I attended their training in 2010 it completely changed how I approached agile work. Since then I have been trying to get them here and have finally pulled it off! … [Continue reading]

The 2013 Scrum Guide changes

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During my three weeks recently in the US I caught up with Scrum creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. Following this I thought I would pull together a post about the key changes to the 2013 Scrum Guide. … [Continue reading]

How to make a social contract and build better teams

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In post one and two in this series, we discovered how emotions and behaviours are contagious and can have a dramatic impact on a team. Let’s now explore some approaches that help encourage positive behaviour and help us manage when things get … [Continue reading]

Emotions are contagious: how yours impact others around you

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You know how when you see someone smile, you smile too? Or when you see someone crying, you feel their sadness. Well that’s because of an incredible phenomenon called mirror neurons. Understanding mirror neurons is a critical aspect of  team … [Continue reading]

Does your team have a bad apple?

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A fascinating recent study has shown that a single, toxic team member can create group team wide dysfunction and breakdown. We have all worked in teams where there is one “difficult” person.  They seem to take up a disproportionate amount of the … [Continue reading]

Behaviour dynamics in agile teams: The Agile Teams Series

One of my passions is teams - working with them, helping them improve and figuring out what makes a good one.  In his book Software for your Head, Jim and Michele McCarthy made a simple statement that resonates with me: Team= Product. That is, a good … [Continue reading]

Agile Testing: from linear to cyclical thinking

The New New Product Development Game - HBR

One of the patterns I have often witnessed in agile projects is testers really struggling to shift their mind-sets away from relay race thinking. The common problem goes something like this: “Scrum wastes our time. Us testers don’t have anything to … [Continue reading]

How values and behaviors impact teams

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The best way to learn something is to teach it. Today, while teaching a Scrum class, I learned something important: the truth hurts and requires a commitment to values. The Scrum values are respect, openness, courage, focus and commitment.  As a … [Continue reading]

Who stole all my Scrum benefits?

You've seen the statistics - Jeff Sutherland’s group consistently achieving 500-750% increases in productivity, organisations tripling their productivity in a matter of months etc. You've implemented Scrum so how come you aren't reaping these sorts … [Continue reading]