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Who is to blame?

Who is to blame?

Today I joined many London based workers in working from home.

Isn't redundancy great?

Isn't redundancy great

About 18 months ago I got really fed up about the fact that I had lost 3 SATA hard disks in the space of about four months.

Can commitment be a bad thing

Can commitment be a bad thing

We know that commitment is essential in Scrum – but commitment to what?

I want it all

I want it all

How often have you been frustrated by a management team that shies away from prioritisation because we know we have to have it all.?

Is agile consultancy a contradiction in terms?

Is agile consultancy a contradiction in terms?

Towards the end of 2009 I decided that I no longer wanted to be a technical director and really really wanted to be a full time agile coach. This had been a significant part of my last two roles and was the part I enjoyed most, and certainly most of my successes in this arena were attributable to agile transformations. But this meant consultancy, and there was one tiny little niggle in my mind:  could I retain my integrity and keep doing the right thing?

The importance of estimating

The importance of estimating

I often hear business managers reject agile processes because they cannot accept vague estimates. These same managers are usually surprised to  learn that agile estimation is far more accurate and disciplined than traditional methods.

Open Source: What's it all about?

Open Source: What's it all about?

Open source software is free and the licence terms permit distribution of the source code.

Open Office has grown up

Open Office has grown up

For many years Microsoft Office® has been the de facto standard office suite. All the while a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) alternative has been gaining more widespread use in the business community.

How can I compare individual performances?

How can I compare individual performances?

This is a question I am often asked by organisations in the early stages of the transition to agile processes. The question usually stems from the ingrained command and control mindset, and the real question is How do I know who to blame when it all goes wrong?

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