Using Scrum? Get Certified!

It is always amusing for a speaker of UK English to hear an American professional declare that they are certified. To be certified in the UK means that a Doctor or a social worker has committed you to a centre for the treatment for mental illness. The Oxford English Dictionary term for professional qualifications is […]
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Scaling Agile: Is it The Next Big Thing?

“What’s the next big thing in Agile?” is a question I’ve been asked a lot over the years. Answering used to make me a feel a little awkward. It was almost as though the questioner is treating Agile as a fashion, one that includes many fads. My usual answer has been, “Whatever your team decides […]
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Why Scrum is Bigger on the Inside Than it Appears on the Outside

The BBC’s Dr. Who  is one of the most popular TV science  fiction series world-wide. I recently took advantage of a trip to a client’s site in Cardiff Bay to visit the  Dr. Who Experience there, and found myself drawing analogies between aspects of the series and Agile development. I’ve been a  fan since I […]
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Where Do BA’s Live in the Agile Ecosystem?

“Where do Business Analysts live in the Agile ecosystem?”, or some variant of this question, is probably the one I am most often asked in my consultancy engagements. It pops up at different times in different places in different Agile adoption initiatives. But almost invariably it will be asked. Why? Well for a start, the […]
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Collapsed Scrum

There is nothing more dangerous in the game of Rugby Union than the collapsed scrum. Think of it. Eight hunking great forwards (many sporting flattened noses and cauliflower ears that advertise their experience of scrums) on one team collide, head on, with an equal number of monstrously-sized opponents from the other team in an attempt […]
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