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. Agile thrives in under complexity and uncertainty – elements intrinsically inherent in business. So can agile be used for implementing a business strategy? In this post I will outline some basic principles and concepts for this. [Continue reading]

Social exclusion for bad apples

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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?

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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

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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

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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]