Agile Needs People Skills

Agile Needs People Skills Every company, colleague, academic or friend I speak to these days has a concern about complexity and the accelerating pace of change, both of which are leading to high levels of uncertainty. In Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon’s excellent 2016 report for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – ‘Thinking The […]
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The Rise of Agile in the PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition

Coming Soon: Agile Project Management “Agile Project Management is an oxymoron: Agile is product management, not project management.” Agree or disagree, Agile Project Management is coming soon. This fall the Project Management Institute (PMI) will release the sixth edition of their Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®). At the same time, they […]
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Don’t Let Governance Threaten Your Agile Transformation

Governance seems to be one of those frightening words that threatens to stop an Agile transformation effort dead in its tracks. I’ve been hearing it whispered, and even screamed once or twice, quite a lot recently. There’s no big surprise here. As the big corporations and Government agencies get increasingly fascinated by frameworks like Scrum, […]
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What Does It Mean to be Ready in Scrum?

“Ready? Steady! Go!” That phrase echoes from my youth. I used to twitch waiting for the starter to shout that phrase at the beginning of the 800m races I ran, representing my school. It was also the title of a ground-breaking pop music show which caused me to fall in love with Dusty Springfield, Sandy […]
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How Do You Conquer Just-In-Time Requirements?

“What is the difference between an up-front requirements document and a fish?” said Gollum, hoping to catch the Hobbit out with his riddle. But Bilbo Baggins, though a Halfling, was an experienced Agilist. He knew the answer. “A fish rots from the head down, “ he said, “but a requirements documents rots from the bottom […]
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