Scaled Scrum is still Scrum

I spent the last week of April in Karlsruhe, Germany with the wonderful and talented community. During that time, we worked through The Nexus Framework as part of the new Scaled Professional Scrum training. It was a come-together of some of the world’s leading agile thinkers, reviewing’s approach to the challenge of “scaling Scrum”. It was a profound experience I am grateful for. This post shares some of my experience.   [Continue reading]

An agile, adaptive business strategy


Agile has clearly made a significant impact on the software development industry, changing the way millions of people work to a more flexible, engaging and adaptive approach, delivering products that better meet the changing needs of the market. … [Continue reading]

Social exclusion for bad apples


So far, we have learned The bad apple effect - a single, toxic team member can create group-wide dysfunction Emotions are contagious - when someone else experiences an emotion, mirror neurons light up the exact same areas of our brain as if we … [Continue reading]

Is strategy dead?


There is a fundamental change in management happening under out feet that is challenging the very need for strategy. Small changes are happening every day and in ten years’ time we won’t recognise management as we have thought of it in the past. … [Continue reading]

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 … [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


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


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


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?


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]