High performance = High maintenance
I think I’ve seen a similar post recently which described racing cars and other top echelon endeavors that are not really applicable for use in ever day life. One aspect that I feel was missing there was, how much effort is required to pull together and keep together a team required to build and operate…
Know your mission
Are you able to articulate it to a person in a single sentence? Are the current, next sprint and releases moving you towards the goal? Is your mission and the business case aligned? If you got at least one “No”, you’re probably in trouble … big trouble, trust me.
If your team is broken: Pull the ANDON cord Check you have a definition of good and bad At regular intervals check where you are
Show your work
If you have no demo sessions and the work you are “delivering” is getting stuck somewhere in the pipeline before landing with end users, what value is it that you are creating? I suggest you stop right now and fix the delivery mechanism first, before you create more WIP with no way of validating the…
Everything can be a skateboard
Paraphrasing my favourite quote formThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel : “Everything can be built from skateboard to a car. And if you haven’t found the skateboard yet, you’ve simply not looked at all the options.”
Always protect the team
As a scrum master there is nothing more important than drowning out the noise and the needs of “now”. Stick to your sprint goals, do the right things. Protect your team. Period.
Starting big Why do companies keep creating hundreds of products? The mission and strategy are wrong? Too greedy? I think they simply don’t appreciate the level of focus and direction that is required to really do things well. If I look at the companies I would consider great they all have one thing in common –…
Let’s get hurt
I was recently told by someone reviewing my proposed approach to “crawl, walk, run”. I told them I’m only interested in flying 🙂 That would have been all fine if it didn’t occur to me today that sometimes you need to crawl first. What’s the rule then? Is there a rule? Who makes the rules?…
Simplicity – the art of maximising the work not done – is essential. There is a lot of great quotes about simple and simplicity but I am going to focus on this agile principles statement. Why this one? Because that is probably the quote people think of and consider least often in their search for…
For the rebelion!
What does it mean to have good governance within an organisation? I was told today that I am just creating chaos and should stop this madness of bringing in new ideas and technologies to the organisation … I seem to recall that innovation and making things better were the main points in the speech from…