Tony uses his background in development to bridge the gap between IT and the rest of the business. He’s an Agile coach and facilitator who’s not afraid to address dysfunction, but always brings positivity and a sense of fun to his work. He is a terrible ukulele player and fearless mountain biker.
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Articles by Tony
Jul 08, 2021
In 2000, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 was transporting 142 passengers and crew from Las Vegas to Burbank airport in California. The pilot was a man named Howard Peterson. During landing, the plane approached the runway at too steep an angle and was travelling too quickly to be able to come to a ha... continue reading
Jul 01, 2020
How do you deal with your “is this completely bananas or ...” moments at work?
How do you get feedback on your approach and interventions?
How do you bounce around ideas among peers?
Being in a leadership (coaches, scrum masters, product leaders, people leaders) role can be a lonely place. Often, y... continue reading
Apr 07, 2020
The AgileBI Podcast is presented by Shane Gibson and Blair Tempero. In this episode Tony O'Halloran talks to the guys about a range of topics including how he got into the world of agile, scaling, frameworks and his current area of interest: Plan Continuation Bias and how that affects teams.... continue reading
Mar 22, 2020
Many organisations and teams around the world are currently figuring out what a distributed world looks like for them, and if having and supporting great agile teams remotely is even possible. The good news is “YES, it absolutely is, but it takes deliberate thought and effort”.
Timely is a NZ-based... continue reading
Jul 03, 2019
When you picture a truly amazing team in your head, what does it look like?
Now consider your teammates. Do they have the same picture? Really - all of them? The things people have experienced and read massively shape what ‘great’ looks like for them. The differences can lead to frustrations or peo... continue reading
May 30, 2019
Recently I’ve heard more and more stories of newly minted Agile Coaches crossing the lines between coaching* and counselling during 1:1 coaching sessions - that shit has to stop! It’s creepy, irresponsible and dangerous - mental wellbeing is not something to play around with.
Since the roles of Agil... continue reading
Nov 13, 2018
Has your team ever felt like things are going stale? Do you worry that you’re beginning to rest on your laurels?
None of the greatest teams I’ve experienced ever think that “good enough” is good enough.
Here’s a handy way to collectively challenge each other to improve in a constructive way. This ca... continue reading
Sep 28, 2018
Working Agreements, Team Norms, Team Charters… Call them what you want, they’re great in theory but in practise they can be awkward to come up with and difficult to implement.
Committing to “don’t be a dick” and “respect each other” is well and good, but it’s pretty much implied. We shouldn't need a... continue reading
Aug 14, 2017
In Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash Mary and Tom Poppendieck categorised waste encountered in software development into:
Partially Done Work
Is work going from beginning to end in a single rapid flow? For example; are you building up large amounts of untested or undeploye... continue reading
Mar 27, 2017
<p><a href="http://blog.crisp.se/2014/03/11/jimmyjanlen/role-expectation-mapping">Role Expectation Mapping</a> is a process described by the awesome <a href="https://twitter.com/JimmyJanlen">Jimmy Janlén</a> designed to aid collaboration and help a t... continue reading
Mar 15, 2017
The retrospective ended with two team members storming out of the room in opposite directions, two others toe-to-toe in heated dispute and Leah, the Product Owner handing out orders to whoever would listen. I started to realise how stuck this team actually was...
Over the few previous days I’d witne... continue reading
Mar 01, 2017
Picture the scene: Your team is regularly coming together to focus on improving how they work but the same overarching problems seem to be the root cause every time. Worse still, these issues are perceived as being outside the direct control of the team. Your instinct and experience tell you that al... continue reading
Oct 07, 2016
As Agilists, our principles and values underpin the way we work and decisions we make. A good principle should be timeless and non-prescriptive enough to be valid across many contexts, but specific enough to add practical value and help us make decisions.
I feel that one Agile Manifesto principle in... continue reading
Aug 23, 2016
Recently a friend of mine formed a startup with a goal of making the One-On-One Meeting an easier and more valuable process. Their aim was to help managers and their direct reports easier handle the goals and issues that arise from these sessions. The assumption they made was that their customers (p... continue reading