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Does Your Backlog Suck? Kanban Can Help

Oct 12, 2019  ·  Damian Brown

Agile backlogs can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand we have a list of things we need to do that is ever-evolving. It is potentially estimated and may have detail where required for the next few stories. It is possibly prioritised. On the other hand having something on a backlog can se... continue reading

The lowdown on JAFAC 2019

Oct 08, 2019  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

What is JAFAC? Born out of a desire to attend a conference full of speakers we really would like to hear from, the Nomad8 team decided to create the event we craved. JAFAC is a relatively small but carefully crafted conference that brings together ten speakers, 120 people, and creates plenty of (Ope... continue reading

A personal story with an agile thread

Oct 07, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

A few weeks ago I did my first solo keynote at Agile Prague; “Being Curious about YOU”. I have been giving talks and workshops at large agile conferences since 2011, but this one was different. This wasn’t about some agile technique, this was about me, and the story was not a “sunshine and rainbows”... continue reading

Is Kanban genuinely an alternative path to Agility?

Aug 14, 2019  ·  Damian Brown

New Zealand has become a hotbed for Agile, especially in the software sector and especially with the use of Scrum. But is there an alternative to the use of Scrum to enable Agility? Kanban promotes itself as an alternative path to Agility, but is that a fact or just fiction? My experience and view... continue reading

Agile2019: The Curious case of You

Aug 07, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

At Agile2019 I presented a workshop on the Self Care track called The Curious Case of You. This workshop was all about listening to the inner you and discovering what your future might look like without the pressures of what others or society might think you future should look like. The slides wont... continue reading

Self-care at Agile2019

Jul 22, 2019  ·  Sam Laing

In a few weeks I will be jetting off to Agile2019 in WashingtonDC. I am the track chair for the Self-Care track and so I was wondering about how to care for myself during the conference. I have over the last 9 years come up with tricks for dealing with this very large conference. For most of us just... continue reading

Business is Boring Podcast

Jul 09, 2019  ·  Sandy Mamoli

Business is Boring is a weekly podcast presented by The Spinoff in association with Callaghan Innovation. In this episode Sandy Mamoli talks to Simon Pound about her book Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel and an Olympic career that has taught her how to thrive in business.... continue reading

Inspired Introspection

Jul 03, 2019  ·  Tony O'Halloran

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

How committed are you...really ?

Jun 25, 2019  ·  Anthony Boobier

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” Ken Blanchard It happens often - something new comes up and it sounds exciting and we totally w... continue reading

The Human Aspect - Holacracy’s Missing Piece?

Jun 13, 2019  ·  Sandy Mamoli

Holacracy has great mechanisms to deal with governance and tactical issues. But what about the human side? What about relationships? What about our personal interactions in the workplace? Many have criticised Holacracy for not being complete, for being a system that only deals with the work and not... continue reading