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The Pragmatic Agile Community

The Pragmatic Agile Community

For the last few months I have been working on a product development piece. This is not a software product as such, but a suite of products and a brand which I hope will help bring the agile community back to the key fundamentals that, for me, make it such a great movement to be part of. I am really excited to announce that the website for this platform is now live.

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Pragmatism vs Compromise - A Difficult Distinction

Pragmatism vs Compromise - A Difficult Distinction

In recent years, the idea of pragmatism in the agile community has started to get a bit of a bad name for itself. I consider myself to be a Pragmatic Agilist and I am proud of that fact; I like to look beyond the fixed frameworks like Scrum and look at alternative methodologies for guidance in tools and processes that may better serve my clients.

There is a fine line between pragmatism and compromise. It is a common problem in agile implementations these days that too many compromises are made against the key principles of agile which prevent it from working effectively.

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Agile Cymru or "To Cardiff and back again"

Agile Cymru or "To Cardiff and back again"

I am finally sat down at my blog screen after 2 days of information overload at Agile Cymru and what an amazing 2 days it was. I managed to catch up with a lot of colleagues from over the last 10 years or so, all of whom are still taking the never ending agile journey. People laughed, cried, played games and, above all learned. This is why the agile journey never ends, because it's all about learning, about being better. It's not about being the best, just a little better than you were the day before and helping those around you to be better too.

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Agile is not (just) Scrum

Most of the time, if I am opening a new conversation with a client about agile, the first thing I get back is 'Do you mean Scrum?' or something along those lines. In recent years the terms have become almost completely analogous with one another amongst the uninitiated. This is really bad because, while Scrum is definitely Agile, Agile is not always Scrum.

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Brexit from an Agile Perspective

Brexit from an Agile Perspective

Before I begin I should put my cards on the table clearly. I was (and still am) vehemently a Remain supporter. I also felt that the EU has many problems that need solving. I believed that we were better off steering those changes than walking away from them. I awoke on Friday 24th June to a world that felt just a little bit darker for me. Since then, I've been trying to make sense of the nation's Leave vote in the context of the agile principles and techniques. I think there's a lot here to help us understand why people voted the way that they did and to help guide us through the uncertainty ahead as best as we can, while keeping as positive as possible.

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Interviewing for Scrum Masters

Interviewing for Scrum Masters

I have always believed that the hiring process is crucial and have looked for innovative ways of ensuring that I get the right people for the job and for the team. This stems from a mixture of dubious recruitment decisions made early on in my career which detrimentally affected the team I was a member of and many years on the other side of the fence going through the same 2 styles of interview approaches over and over again.

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Scrum Day London 2016 - Summary & Review

Scrum Day London 2016 - Summary & Review

I spent a day last week in London attending the first Scrum Day conference held in London. What follows is a light summary of what was discussed and some personal analysis.

The key highlights for me of the event were a key forward thinking and pragmatic case study discussion of Capital One's agile transformation, presented by CIO Rob Harding, and an enlightening discussion on uses of Scrum techniques in alternative industries by Ade Shokoya.

Read the full article for details on the presentations I attended and the keynote with Ken Schwaber & Dave West.

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Using Retrospective feedback to inform product decisions

Using Retrospective feedback to inform product decisions

I was invited to give a presentation at South West Product last week about using data to help drive product decisions. With my current investigation into using agile processes in an agency environment I started thinking about how you could use traditional agile process elements to help drive the product in ways I hadn't previously considered. The following article is a write-up of the talk that I gave at the event.

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