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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 […]

Departure from Christ Church

After around 8 years service in the choir stalls at Christ Church, I’m due to hang up my cassock for the last time at the end of June 2015. I joined the choir as Lay Vicar in April 2007, having just moved to Dublin from Edinburgh. I knew nobody in […]

Highly Connected Household

Have you heard of the Internet of Things?  The idea behind it is that more and more of the electrical gadgets in our life are going to be internet-connected. The example that the media always used when talking about the Internet of Things is a internet-connected fridge, which knows when […]

All about being a Lay Vicar Choral

Richard is a Tenor Lay Vicar Choral in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, one of two Anglican cathedrals in Ireland’s capital city. The choir is made up of 18 Lay Vicars Choral and 4 Choral Scholars, and sings 3 weekly services in the cathedral, as well as additional services on feast days, concerts, and […]

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