My Agile Journey

- An enthusiastic Agilist's diary -

My favourite Agile tweets – January 2017

In my opinion it's a form of art to tweet really deep thoughts in 140 characters. Here is a short list of my favourite Agile tweets from January 2017. https://twitter.com/rajeshmathur/status/821504576289263616 https://twitter.com/WoodyZuill/status/809531386876989440...

1st conference interview

The Speaker Interview for the 1st Conference is available now: http://www.1stconf.com/blog/2017/1/27/1st-conference-speaker-interview-gabor-devenyi Thanks to Ringo Thomas and of course the...

The 5 Agile monkeys

I was lucky to present recently both at Agile Australia and LAST conference in 2016. One of my speeches was a 5 minute lightning talk about the 5 Agile monkeys. In case you missed it, here is a short summary. Sometimes we behave like monkeys. We imitate others, we...

Agile principles: 2. Welcome changing requirements

The second principle of Agile is about welcoming changing requirements, even late in the development. In every software development change requests will pop up regularly. No one knows exactly how the end-product should look like. Even if you have a quite good picture...

Agile principles: 8. Motivated and trusted individuals

8. Projects are based around motivated individuals, who should be trusted This is one of my favourite principles. There are two points that I would like to elaborate. The first is the word "trusted". Giving trust can make wonder. As Ernest Hemingway said: “The best...

Agile principles: 7. Face-to-face conversation

I've decided to write about the 12 Agile principles in no particular order. I can only write about my experience, but hopefully it will still provide useful information for you. The 7th Agile principle is: Face-to-face communication is the best form of communication...

Selling or sharing

Agile, Lean, Kanban, SCRUM, Continuous delivery have become buzzwords in the last few years. As always, when there is value behind an idea, people jump on the bandwagon and advertise themselves as experts in those ideas. There are sales guys (no offence to people...

Yikes! Spikes!

I've started my first project as an SCRUM master / iteration manager. With the help of lot of experienced people I ran an inception workshop (read more in an upcoming article) and started the solution selection with the team. However we had a lot of tasks on our wall...

Meetups

While we have external Agile coaches at our company, I was curious what other companies and people do. With the company we visited REA Group and MYOB to learn about their Agile practices and transformation. As a private person I joined LinkedIn groups, purchased a few...

The twelve principles

There are lots of different Agile implementations and I quite often struggle with whom should I listen to. The simple method that I am trying to follow is to think about the Agile Manifesto's twelve principle. If something is related to that 12 points, it's Agile. If...

Agile: is it for projects only?

One of the earliest critique Agile being very good for projects, but not for BAU activities. How could a helpdesk be Agile or how could the server team work in an Agile way? I always worked in projects, so it was clear to me that Agile can be used effectively for...

Zillions of post-its

The company I work for invited external consultants to help us with our Agile transformation. There was a lot of noise, from the "why do we need consultants?" to "why do they put lots of post-its on the wall?". The first jokes were about "Agile being putting post-its...

Why this blog?

Seven years ago I asked my good friend, what does she recommend to do with my career. She thought I would be a great Agile project manager. I had limited knowledge of agile methodologies back then, but still remember clearly her advice. Not long after our discussion I...