Agile, Opinion, Scrum, User Stories

User Stories are Broken

There comes a time when something is so ubiquitous that is starts to lose it’s original purpose. This usually happens when a process or method reaches critical mass, is often ‘standardised’ and everyone you speak to utters something along the lines of “ah yeah, that…”. Scrum is a perfect large scale example of this, but… Continue reading User Stories are Broken

Agile, Conference

Agile Manchester 2016 – Session Notes

I went to Agile Manchester last week, an absolutly great event that I'd recommend to anyone. As usual, I made a shed load of notes that probably only make sense to me, but thought I would share them here so people get a flavour of what was presented. Note that I went to more talks… Continue reading Agile Manchester 2016 – Session Notes

Communication, Improvement, Meetings, TED

How To Save The World From Bad Meetings

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_grady_how_to_save_the_world_or_at_least_yourself_from_bad_meetings?language=en The advice is both simple and revolutionary.  Recieved a meeting invite that has no agenda, no goal or you have barely any knowledge about? No MAS. Click the tentative button! [...] Then, get in touch with the person who asked you to the meeting. Tell them you're very excited to support their work, ask… Continue reading How To Save The World From Bad Meetings

Failure, Improvement, Leadership

Enthusiasm

I just retweeted the message below and while I'm not going to go into the details of who said it and the controversy around his lifes work, the message of the quote resonated. https://twitter.com/BriancTomlinson/status/684072115130216448   Think back to when you last did something amazing or you more impressive work? In all cases, one of the… Continue reading Enthusiasm

Communication, Improvement, Leadership

On Being ‘Naive’

naive - nʌɪˈiːv,nɑːˈiːv/ adjective: naive (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement. I’ve been called naive a few times in my career, usually when I’m explaining that things don’t need to be as they are You’re naive if you think you can do this without it running late You’re naive… Continue reading On Being ‘Naive’

Holiday, Leadership, Opinion

You Need Two Holiday Policies

I work in a traditional company with a traditional holiday policy.  It boils down to being given 28 days holiday and being told to use them all by the end of the year. So in a week or so I'll have a new stock of 28 holiday days in my bank to use when I… Continue reading You Need Two Holiday Policies

Communication, Opinion

Why I’m Not Answering My Phone

At work, you can get hold of me in a number of different ways You can send me an email You can send me a message on Slack You can even send me a message on Lync (when it's not crashing) You can actually come over and talk to me And yet, with all those… Continue reading Why I’m Not Answering My Phone