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The Agile Bandwagon

Dec 12, 2018  ·  Brenda Leeuwenberg

Although it’s been around for a really long time, Agile is still the newcomer on the scene for some organisations. But like the snowball rolling down the hill – it’s been growing larger and gathering momentum for some time – (and picking up all kinds of shit along the way) attracting more attention... continue reading

Facilitation Canvas

Nov 30, 2018  ·  Anthony Boobier

I created the Facilitation Canvas as a tool to help facilitators prepare to run a session. We use it as part of our ICAgile team facilitator course. The canvas is made up of 8 boxes, each with an associated set of prompt questions that I have found work well as a guide when filling it out.... continue reading

GROW your planning

Aug 23, 2018  ·  Richard Scott-Will-Harknett

There are many approaches to carrying out planning. Here's what I use for situations that require any kind of planning at all - from working across organisational transformation to figuring out what to do at the weekend. I like it because it’s simple, easy to remember and it sets me up naturally to... continue reading

Holacracy for Humans

Dec 05, 2017  ·  Sandy Mamoli

How we created a networked organisation 5 Key take-aways Holacracy provides radical transparency and timely decision making at the right level. Decision making by consent is awesome! The freedom, autonomy and responsibility to achieve a clear purpose enables self-organisation. Holacracy will amplif... continue reading

Modern Agile Principle Cards

Jul 02, 2017  ·  Sandy Mamoli

I often teach Agile to people who have nothing to do with software development, such as leadership teams or organisations that operate entirely outside of the digital world. In this context I only teach the Modern Agile values (read more about the modern agile movement at modernagile.org). I always... continue reading

Role Expectation Mapping Canvas

Mar 27, 2017  ·  Tony O'Halloran

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

Video: Self-Selection at Agile Africa

Nov 04, 2016  ·  Sandy Mamoli

I gave a keynote at Agile Africa 2016 in Johannesburg earlier this year. You can watch the video here. "I like creating teams by trusting people who do the actual work to design the best possible teams. I believe that trusting people to choose who to work with and what to work on creates not only gr... continue reading

Time for a Change in Principles?

Oct 07, 2016  ·  Tony O'Halloran

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

Impact Mapping team objectives

Apr 05, 2016  ·  Anthony Boobier

I was asked to facilitate a session with a team of systems analysts who wanted to set their objectives for the next 6 months. This was a group of people who spent a large portion of their time embedded within project delivery teams. I wanted to use an approach that could address a number of question... continue reading

The importance of size and proximity

Jan 12, 2016  ·  Jimmy Janlen

Process is expensive. Bigger teams, working from a distance, part time team members, and many specialists are all factors that lead to a more elaborate process. This might be obvious, but the more companies we get to know, the more we experience that this is something being ignored. This article is... continue reading

Benchmarking performance across organisations

Jul 29, 2015  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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

How We Measure Work Happiness 

Mar 29, 2015  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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

My Portfolio Kanban Talk on InfoQ

Nov 15, 2014  ·  Sandy Mamoli

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