Equifax does Countdown Champions

We had good fun in the office this week playing “Equifax does Countdown”, our take on the popular Channel 4 daytime TV show. I joined with fellow Product Owner Iain to form winning team that granted us the temporary ownership of the teapot trophy.

Being both Product Owner and Scrum Master

The Scrum Master for my team left for a new role at the end of August, and since then we’ve been without a dedicated Scrum Master. My role is that of the Product Owner, but in the past I’ve covered some of the duties of the Scrum Master (keeping the […]

Singing for Pope Francis

On Saturday 26th August, I joined the Mornington Singers as the anchor choir on stage for the World Meeting of Families Festival of Families concert in Croke Park.

Blockers to getting a story ready

I like that we have a Definition of Ready for our stories. As a Product Owner it gives me confidence that I’ve done my job properly in analysing and communicating the requirements, and also that the team is ready to hit the ground running when the sprint starts. Lately, however, […]

Never report on story points

The whole subject of measuring performance of agile teams is a divisive one. In an ideal world we should be looking to measure the value delivered by a team, rather than collecting performance statistics. After all, our primary goal in agile is to deliver some value to the product or […]

Sprint Commitment

How often does your sprint goal or stories change in the middle of the sprint? A late-breaking requirement or bug comes in, or a manager pops up with an urgent task, and before you know it your sprint is totally overloaded. Does that sound familiar? Teams often think they’re being […]

What’s your Definition of Ready?

Have you even been to sprint planning and realised that the so-called stories are a bunch of crap? One-line JIRA tickets that the team haven’t seen before? Then you need to enforce a Definition of Ready. We can be good about tracking the progress of stories once they’ve been added […]

How are we developing junior Product Owners?

In the olden days of waterfall development, you had teams of Business Analysts that all sat together. When a junior BA joined an organisation, they had a number of colleagues sat around them that they could call upon for advice and help, and lots of time for requirements documents to […]

Agile Lean Ireland

It was great to go along to the Agile-Lean Ireland conference yesterday at Croke Park. The event attracted over 500 delegates – over double the amount from last year – from all over Ireland and beyond, and some top-quality Irish and international speakers. It’s great to see the Agile community […]

Agile Training

One of the exciting roles I play in my organisation is passing on some of my knowledge of agile working to new colleagues. I’ve delivered a few Agile Overview courses during the last few months, primarily for new Product Owners and Scrum Masters – but also for some of the […]

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