Monday, 19 November 2012

A personal retrospective

So, I am finally coming back to this blog after months on inactivity. I don't think that I ever wanted this to become some sort of go-to reference for others, and I think that months down the line I am more confident about what I want this blog to be: A place for me to share ideas, articulate thoughts and track experiences for future introspection. Given that, I don't think that I need to put that much pressure on regular updates, just for the sake of keeping the hit counter ticking.

I thought, coming back to the blog - and its noticeable lack of posts since March - that I should probably spend some time to reflect on what's happened over that period, try and draw some conclusions, and work out what I am going to do next.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Thursday, 15 March 2012

TagMan Techblog: Trying a different relative estimation approach

TagMan Techblog: Trying a different relative estimation approach: At TagMan, we use frameworks that facilitate the Agile mindset as much as possible. Some teams are currently using Scrum, while others are t...

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

My own Shu Ha Ri

The term "Shu Ha Ri" is used a lot in the agile community. Coming from martial arts - it's really about not getting ahead of yourself. It applies to most endeavours in life in one way or another. From my previous post you will know that at the moment I am going through a lot of frustration and anxiety regarding my performance in the team, for the team and of the team.

I know that my frustrations are nothing personal - no one is attacking me, no one is out to get me. So why is this feeling present? I spent the weekend trying to introspect and work out what I had control over, that would help me help my team more (and hoping in turn to help myself). I believe that at the moment the thing that is having the most profound effect on me and the team is not taking the correct coaching stance for the experience of the team [as a team].

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

New Year, new challenges

Has it really been 3 months since my last post?

I do apologise for those of you kind enough to read this blog. I suppose that I really should bring things up to speed as eruditely as possible!

So, straight after our "release" we hit a lot of pain. Things were just not clicking, and the team expressed a feeling (that I had as well) that things were getting away from us. I suppose that we were running before we could walk. Thankfully I have a CTO and MD who are receptive, so when I went to them with some key points that typified the pain, they were open to my suggestion of a team reset, to get back as close as possible to the core of Agile, and move forward from there.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Even the "best" hide from issues

Just a quickie for this post.

I noticed in the news recently of the U.S. Government's response to data and media pressure (Jamie Oliver being the most obvious example) regarding School Meals for pupils and how, much like Britain, they are rife with processed, fatty and unbalanced nutritional content.

Now this isn't something that just one jaunty 'Cockney' fella is ranting over, this is an issue that has had scientific study done on it. That that scientific data basically is telling the U.S. Government that they have a problem, that they need to address the problem soon before the knock on effects cripple the system, and that it may require some pain now in order to safeguard the future direction of it's taxpayers-to-be.

Their response? Effectively classify pizza as a vegetable by altering the amount of tomato purée that is classed as the U.S. equivalent as "one of your 5 a day".

Monday, 7 November 2011

Retrospective Plan: Zombie Survival!

Use: This retrospective is best used to look back on the past sprint, or perhaps to take stock or reinforce positive behaviour, and identify detrimental team behaviour. It's not intended to to facilitate a spotlight on one particular point of discussion (but may elicit this for future discussion).

Duration: Approx 2 hours

Summary: THE END IS NIGH! The Agile Zombie Apocalypse is here, and you need to know how to survive. Can you work with your team to learn from other zombie survivors (and perhaps the zombies themselves!) to make sure that you not only survive the coming cataclysm, but you get stronger as a team?