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06 October 2013

New Website!

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The two or three of you who read this blog may have noticed a hiatus recently. That's because a brand new website was being built, and posting to the blog would have meant keeping the live site and the new one in development in sync. As I'm basically a lazy person, I decided to wait 'til the new one was up. The break has been longer than I intended; the new site was supposed to be up weeks (*ahem*...months) ago but with life and stuff, things slipped. But now it's up. It's finished and it's fantastic (with responsive design for mobiles and everything).

Regular posting will now resume...



16 August 2013

Self Organisation

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In the Agile world, we (and I am certainly no exception) talk a lot about Self Organisation, but what does that mean? What is this thing called Self Organisation?

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Let’s look again at our team from the last post and take a closer look at the Team Lead. It’s easy to see how Fred got into the situation he was in. The job of Team Lead is very unclear in an Agile world. One of the agile principles is that all team members are equal so what does a team lead do? I usually recommend that teams don’t have a team lead. That forces them to look after themselves rather than relying on a team lead to do it for them.  Most large organisations though insist on having a Team Lead for every team. That’s OK. We can live with it. We just need to work out what an agile team lead does.

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I recently coached a team that had a problem. Actually, they thought they had a lot of problems. Their builds were a mess. Their environment was unstable. Their tests were broken. They were finding it very difficult to get any work done. Their once excellent planning was starting to drift away from reality. When we started to look into these problems though, it became clear that all these problems had one single cause – their team lead.


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