Using Trello for team retrospectives

Retrospectives are an important tool for Agile teams like ours. They allow the team to reflect frequently (usually at the end of an iteration) on work habits and processes, and agree how to improve them. We hold retrospectives every second Friday …

Monday 13 June 2016 | Agile


Exception reports, or what happens when a project goes off-track

One of the things that we’re taught when learning the DSDM agile project management framework is that, unlike traditional project management approaches where the project manager manages the team on a day-to-day basis, in DSDM the project manager manages by …

Wednesday 27 April 2016 | Agile


How we name our sprints

Should you name your Agile sprints, and if so how? I argue that while sprints are transient, it can be fun and provide a useful way to help keep track of sprints between project boards.

Friday 1 April 2016 | Agile


DSDM Agile project management cheat sheet

Just over a year ago I was sitting in a classroom learning about and sitting two exams on DSDM Atern Agile project management. Something that I wished had been available at the time was some kind of cheat sheet that …

Thursday 17 March 2016 | Agile


Velocity and why it’s important

Velocity is an important tool in Agile. Let me explain a little about what it is and why we find it useful. Speed = distance over time One of the challenges when planning each two weeks’ sprint is working out how …

Friday 22 January 2016 | Agile


Iterative improvement with Agile

Since the digital communications team were trained in the DSDM Agile method of project management at the beginning of last year, we’ve talked to a lot of people about what Agile is and what it means for the projects that …

Tuesday 5 January 2016 | Agile


Planning poker—why and how we estimate

When creating a plan—whether it be a big project release plan or a smaller two-weeks’ timebox plan—you essentially need to know three things: Tasks —What are the requirements? What do you need to do? Size — How big are these tasks …

Friday 4 December 2015 | Agile


Agile release planning with multiple projects

One of the biggest challenges we faced when we started down the Agile path was how to accommodate working on multiple projects concurrently. This is a little insight into how we are currently managing ourselves across two projects plus business as usual …

Wednesday 25 November 2015 | Agile


Our ground rules for meetings

Hands up if you love meetings. Anyone? No? Here are a couple of ‘inspirational’ quotations for you: Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything — John Kenneth Graham The least productive people are usually the ones who …

Friday 13 November 2015 | Agile


The challenges of resource management in our Agile team

Over the last year, as we’ve been formally trying to work in a more agile way, one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a project manager is resource management. In other words, How do we know how much time each team …

Monday 9 November 2015 | Agile