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In an Agile Lean World, do we need Phase Gates?

In an Agile Lean World, do we need Phase Gates?

Everyone wants to meet project deadlines in a timely fashion, no matter whether they’re using Agile or Waterfall methods Is this as another Agile vs Waterfall face-off? I was at a briefing session last...

Agile Legal Contracts: an Oxymoron?

Agile Legal Contracts: an Oxymoron?

Are the words Agile and Contract even compatible? The goal of Agile is delivering value when detailed long-term planning either isn’t useful or possible. There are recent signs of change however. The UK government...

Agile Business Analysis: Developer or Analyst Role?

Agile Business Analysis: Developer or Analyst Role?

Inspired by the post What Increases Project Risk? which explored the collaboration between project managers and the management function, here’s an ‘agile process improvement’ response to one of those risks. Do developers need to...

Believe Me, I’m Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Believe Me, I’m Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Research of agile process improvement honours the management gurus of the 50s and 60s The phrase ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ appears in bold green lettering every time I do any ‘proper’ research....

Art can be Agile, but can Programming be Art?

Johnny Depp visits Ralph Steadman in the film For no Good Reason and I learn the artist practices agile whilst changing the world!   Ralph Steadman, the angry cartoonist with the bitingly savage ink...

Gen Y to Lead Agile Transformation in Workplace

Gen Y to Lead Agile Transformation in Workplace

    There’s a quiet revolution going-on right now fueled by people’s expectations of work and productivity. Everyone has a fantastic user experience with their devices and apps at home, and see no reason...

Cost of selling on-line down by 45 points

Cost of selling on-line down by 45 points

Another true story about the art of Agile Estimation About 14 months ago, I wrote this story card: We should sell estimation cards online, to offset the cost of producing them We gave it...

Agile Estimation Cards and the Art of Kitchen Renovation

Agile Estimation Cards and the Art of Kitchen Renovation

Construction runs to a well-established plan Simon is a project manager who is having some building work done at home – an extension with a new kitchen. We were discussing Agile project management and...

Storm Goes G-Cloud

Storm Consulting has been accepted onto the G-Cloud framework. Hang out the bunting and wave the flags! We are now officially cleared by the UK Government and can now happily pitch for local authority...

Slothful Lessons in Agile

Slothful Behaviour is Good If ever an animal captured the principle of “maximising work not done”, it must surely be the sloth. Strangely endearing and charmingly enigmatic, sloths are surprisingly inspiring. There exists a...