OUR THOUGHT LEADERSHIP - IN ONE LINERS...

MUSINGS OF A RADICAL PRACTITIONER AND COACH

On "Sprint Zero" or "Hardening Sprint" or "Design Sprint" or "Testing Sprint" or any such nonsense...

There is no such thing as Sprint Zero or Hardening Sprint or Set-up Sprint, etc. There is Sprint # 1 and it should have a sprint goal and the team must work on Backlog items that in some way contribute to the development of a product iteration or variant. Sprint # 1 is immediately followed by Sprint # 2, without any break and so on...

It is naive "ScrumWaterFall" at work to time-box SDLC functions into "Requirements Sprint", "Design Sprint", "Development Sprint", "Testing Sprint" etc.. Yuk Yuk Yuk.

  1. Most people know the cost of everything but the value of nothing...

  2. Simple and Easy are not the same thing...

  3. Complexity is nothing to be proud of. It is easy to be complex...

  4. Don't confuse the map with the journey...

  5. If your "agility" is to be "governed", then you might as well be an ant in the colony...

  6. Progress is better than Perfection...

  7. High Value generally implies High Risk and Low Risk generally implies Low Value. So Prioritise wisely...

  8. Big bang projects are big bad projects and make vendors rich...

  9. A Solution is more than just Software. Software helps Salespeople achieve their sales targets...

  10. If a "Consultant" answers your question with "it depends", you shouldn't depend on them...

  11. Organizations have a "Process-regimented Manager". They are the ones Agile teams need to "stand up" to...

  12. Agile education is inexpensive. Adult education is expensive...

  13. Many people are most opinionated on what they know least about, especially on Agile...

  14. The value of a future benefit may be less appealing than avoiding the pain of the present cost...

  15. Benefits are expected whereas costs are committed...

  16. Nobody wants to show a project's expected benefit in next year's profit and loss statement...

  17. People tend to overestimate benefits and underestimate costs...

Introduction and Preamble

This page is an unstructured collection of our insights, ideas, observation and thoughts from the field. We hope they are both amusing and useful. This page is continuously evolving in keeping with the Agile philosophy so do keep visiting often to see what we have added. We love to have your feedback. Please use the feedback form on this page.

 
 
 

Book Recommendations

Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean

  1. The Scrum Guide by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland (https://www.scrum.org/resources/scrum-guide)

  2. Succeeding with Agile by Mike Cohn

  3. Software in 30 days by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland

  4. Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn

  5. User Stories Applied by Mike Cohn

  6. The Scrum Field Guide by Mitch Lacey

  7. Agile Product Management with Scrum by Roman Pichler

  8. User Story Mapping by Jeff Paton

  9. Kanban from the Inside by Mike Burrows

  10. Lessons in Agile Management by David Anderson

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