Sharing our consultant's learning - December 2017

by Brendon Livingstone on 13/12/2017 10:00

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In this month's post Jasmin Wilkins interviews Michael Sahota on Agile leadership and high performance organisations; Fiona Blunsdon explores using the three Scrum questions for your life; Carl Weller looks at managing bugs, Agile development hills and the CEO's role in execution; and Rowan Bunning presents on 'how your culture is shaping your Agile'.

Jasmin Wilkins, Principal Consultant (see Jasmin's profile)

During Michael Sahota's October visit to Wellington to deliver Certified Agile Leadership, Jasmin interviewed him on Agile leadership and high performance Agile organisations. Watch the 12 minute video of that interview here (or the summary 3 minute version)

Fiona Blunsdon, Senior Consultant (see Fiona's profile)

Fiona recommends this Project Times article about applying the three Scrum questions to achieve goals in your life:

  1. Where are you now? or What have you achieved so far?
  2. Where do you want to be? or What is your desired future state?
  3. What risks or obstacles are in your way?

Carl Weller, Principal Consultant (see Carl's profile)

  • It's time to stop 'managing' bugs - A LinkedIn article by Carl. "It’s a sad legacy that traditional IT practices have created an expectation that developing software creates a lot of bugs, and that its ok to devote hours of precious and highly skilled resource to the activities of managing bugs".
  • Running in Circles - "A great article by Ryan Singer of Basecamp that explains the art of Agile systems development in plain language. He also introduces the concept of a development hill, where the uphill journey is a metaphor for the uncertainty faced at the start of a project and the downhill journey similarly represents the greater clarity and certainty following the learning that occurs during the uphill part."
  • CEOs Should Stop Thinking that Execution is Somebody Else’s Job; It Is Theirs - "Roger L Martin (author of 'Playing to Win' and 'The Design of Business') discusses the realities of strategy and how its predominantly around setting guiding constraints for others. No strategy is so detailed as to remove choice from those doing the executing. Roger calls this setting the rules around 'where to play' and 'how to win'."

Rowan Bunning, Certified Scrum Trainer, Scrum WithStyle (see Rowan's profile)

Equinox IT training partner and Certified Scrum Trainer Rowan Bunning presented on 'How your culture shapes your Agile' at an Equinox IT client event last Wednesday. The values of Agile can often be at odds with the prevailing culture in many organisations and this was a timely and important presentation.

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