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Guest post by David Landry Former Elabor8er, David Landry has been leading significant technology and business change projects for over 30 years. The first (and some would say the most important) principle of the Agile Manifesto is a priority on satisfying customers through early and continuous delivery of valuable work. It is through the delivery of valuable work, that by…

At Elabor8, we promise ‘the freedom to move’, and that doesn’t just apply to our customers. We want our people to also feel they can do the same. As professional coaches and advisors, each of our Elabor8ers is responsible for uplifting, and inspiring change in others, and that’s very powerful. It’s important to us that we give our people everything…

Many organisations aspire to become the next disruptor in their market – and following its public listing on the New York Stock Exchange earlier this year, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is still trending as a shining example. A large part of Spotify’s success can be attributed to its business operating model, which is based on the Agile Scrum framework. While the company…

Guest post by David Landry Former Elabor8er, David Landry has been leading significant technology and business change projects for over 30 years. Agile comes with big expectations. Companies think that by applying agile ways of working, they will instantly simplify their processes and begin to deliver faster, with less people, while at the same time removing costs from the organisation.…

What does a PO do

Does this scenario sound familiar? A new development team comes together to build the latest feature which is suddenly priority number #1. Grand visions are presented, slick prototypes produced, and graphs showing hockey-stick shaped growth begin to build excitement around what is to be delivered. The nicely ordered backlog is transferred from post-it notes to JIRA, and with a wave of enthusiasm…

Most agile practitioners and coaches will refrain from providing advice on what the perfect agile organisation looks like, because we acknowledge that every situation is different and every organisation needs a way of working that suits their people and the environment they find themselves in. However, I believe that as we’ve learned more about agile ways of working and the…

  We are living in a new economic and societal model characterised by fast-changing consumer demand and perpetual connectivity. In this model, businesses have to create highly individualised customer experiences and promote instant solutions for users’ problems in order to remain competitive. Because of this, more organisations are becoming aware of the necessity of adaptable processes, structures, behaviours and mindsets — that allows people to recognise and respond…

Better Agile

I have been fortunate to work with different kinds of agile teams that have missions other than software development. Recently I was surprised when I started a coaching role with a non-software team, and discovered they had been running Scrum for eight sprints, each two weeks long. Besides doing non-effective stand-ups and retrospectives, and showcases filled with over-designed slides; no…

Ten commandments of user stories

After years of delivering software applications, with majority of them focussed on talking to people to understand the problems they are attempting to solve, I thought it would be worth summarising some of my experiences (more or less blissful) in a manner that may inspire those who share the passion of interpreting “user needs”. The recommendations I’m sharing are user…