One of NZ’s leading Agile coaches, Sandy is an accomplished presenter, published book author and former Olympic athlete. A force of positive energy, Sandy is hands-on, no-nonsense and steeped in Agile. She’s the co-author of “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel” (Pragrog, 2015).
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Apr 29, 2016
So, we (Nomad8) are now the proud creators of #JAFAC - just a another fk!ng Agile conference, which we ran for the first time on April 22nd and 23rd at GridAKL.
It was a conference and an unconference. A day of speakers followed by some food, drinks, music and conversation. Then a day of Open-space,... continue reading
Apr 19, 2016
One of the most useful tools when introducing Agile into an organisation is personal Kanban. It gives me unique insights into an organisation's culture and values, and helps me determine my next steps.
As an Agile coach, the process of getting people into personal Kanban facilitates insights into ho... continue reading
Apr 11, 2016
Guest post by: Zhi Lee, Trade Me Property Delivery Manager.
We’re very thankful that Trade Me as an organisation allows employees to select teams and themes they’d like to work on, on a regular basis. It’s something we try to do twice a year in Trade Me Property.
Now, it’s a huge leap of faith to ba... continue reading
Mar 20, 2016
"No one had ever done this on the scale we were contemplating. Could it possibly work?"
Fast growth has a way of forcing organizational change on a business, but it also presents opportunities to try new ways of working. When Trade Me, New Zealand’s biggest e-commerce provider, hit a new level of gr... continue reading
Dec 01, 2015
Our book "Creating Great Teams - How Self Selection Lets People Excel" was published with Pragmatic Bookshelf last week. Yesterday, the first paper copies arrived.A picture of the calm and collected authors (David Mole and me).
Here's me explaining self-selection at Agile Africa 2016 in less than 2... continue reading
Oct 01, 2015
Are you tired of capturing ideas and experiments that come out of your retrospectives only to forget about them after a couple of days? Do your improvement ideas get lost in waves of sticky-notes and hand drawn diagrams?
Try idea balloons! Idea balloons are a way of keeping your ideas and agreements... continue reading
Jul 29, 2015
A problem we were facing recently was that our teams perceived their own progress as not being fast enough and were developing a sense that they were not performing well.
Sometimes it is useful to know how productive we are as an organisation and how our teams compare to teams in other companies. A... continue reading
Jun 23, 2015
Self-selection helps Agile teams pick themselves. And it’s spreading: Since we shared our Self-Selection kit in May 2014 we have heard about successful Self-Selection events from companies from all over the world.
Read our interview with MYOB’s Simon Bristow and Alex Barreto, and find out how they m... continue reading
May 04, 2015
Urban dictionary: rat-hole
To digress in an extensive way. To divert the conversation to a topic that is not only unrelated to the topic at hand, but a topic that will likely have no immediate resolution either.
As a facilitator of a group discussion, a conversation or a workshop session it is impor... continue reading
Mar 29, 2015
Recently, someone from the small but perfectly shaped nation of Iceland asked me the following question: “When watching your InfoQ talk on portfolio Kanban I noticed that you talked about measuring autonomy, mastery, and purpose as they are defined by Daniel Pink.
I have been searching the web for a... continue reading
Mar 19, 2015
This is a sample agenda for a sprint planning meeting. Depending on your context you will have to change the details, just make sure the outcomes stay the same.
Meeting purpose: Plan and prepare for the upcoming sprint
Meeting duration: ca. 1 hour for a 2 week sprint (it will be less if you’re an ex... continue reading
Mar 04, 2015
Inspired by our squadification event, Australia Post set out to try self-selection for themselves. 60 people were asked to figure out who should be in which team and choose who they wanted to work with. Read our interview with Andy Kelk, Australia Post's Head of Technology for Digital Mailbox, who m... continue reading
Jan 22, 2015
Even with high performing teams sometimes there are common themes coming up again and again in each retrospective. Much like a tight spot in a muscle that keeps lingering around (until we get a good massage) those issues keep coming back until we pay them enough attention to make them disappear. Use... continue reading
Nov 15, 2014
My Agile Australia and Agile 2014 talk "Portfolio Kanban - Seeing the Bigger Picture" just got published on InfoQ.
In this talk I explain how you can use Portfolio Kanban to reduce Work in Progress (WIP) by prioritising projects, focusing on the important rather than urgent ones.
And if you'd like t... continue reading
Oct 27, 2014
It can be easy to forget what a Product Owner or Scrum Master actually do. A poster with a role description can come in handy so, based on popular demand, here are the beautifully designed ones we use at Trade Me.
Download the pdf version here.
Download the pdf version here.
I hope they'll look a... continue reading
Sep 28, 2014
Doing too many things at once can slow an entire organisation down. Every successful organisation will have more great ideas than they have capacity to build, and it is tempting to start too many of them at the same time.
Too many projects in projects will slow overall delivery and create comments f... continue reading