Business and Agile

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Core Values: Your Organisation Only Needs One

I see lots of organisations that have 4, 5 or even 6 core values. In this article I propose a single core value and explain how it sets the scene for your entire organisation.
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Types of Sprint Retrospectives

Rather than just writing a blog post about the different ways a retrospective can be run, I thought I’d do one linking to some resources I’ve found informative.
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What Scrum Lacks and the Misuse of Retrospectives

Teams focussing on external issues during a retrospective highlights a problem within the organisation and perhaps a missing piece of the Scrum framework.
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Unicorn Factory

Are you hiring for capacity or knowledge? Do you ensure your staff have time given to them for training, learning and development? How about certifications?
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A Controversial Opinion

It’s time for a controversial opinion.
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Organisational Transparency - Do You Trust Your Staff?

I’ve worked at a variety of organisations. One of the most variable parts of organisation culture I’ve experienced is the level of transparency the organisation displays to staff. When I’ve been in organisations with low transparency, I’ve felt untrusted and less valuable; in organisations with almost total transparency, the level of trust has felt high and I’ve felt much more valued within the business.
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One-on-Ones Don't Exist in the Scrum Guide - Why Do We Do Them?

The Scrum guide defines 5 events, one-on-ones are not one of them. In fact I'm not aware of any agile methodology that extols the virtues of a one-on-one. So why do so many organisations have them?
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Agile Didn't Do It

A response to the accusation that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes and Robodebt were caused by Agile.
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Not Invented Here Syndrome

If you haven't heard of it before, ”not invented syndrome” is when an organisation develops a custom solution to a problem that has been solved before. I also extend it to when an organisation creates a completely custom solution for an issue that hasn't necessarily been solved before, but a very similar problem has been solved, and the available solution could easily be extended.
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The Cost of Last Minute Meeting Cancellations

Meetings; love them or hate them, a cancelled meeting comes at a huge cost. A last minute cancellation is even more costly. In this article I'll look at the cost and impact of a last minute meeting cancellation.
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