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
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
Next, explain the rules. Everyone on the team will take turns doing one of the following:
Picking up a card, and placing it somewhere on the poster on the spectrum of “we do this well” vs “we need to work on this” with a one-sentence explanation of whyMoving a card that’s already been placed on the... continue reading
Often, the first round can largely be a non-event – look for surface-level discussions and a tendency to play safe. Set an expectation that the team will only get as much out of the exercise as they put in – now is the time to be brave and to aim high. The real value of the exercise comes when the t... 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
Role Expectation Mapping is a process described by the awesome Jimmy Janlén designed to aid collaboration and help a team work through mismatches in understanding of each other’s roles. I came across Jimmy's article recently when working with a small team who were struggling with what they could and... 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