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Scrum allows Product Owners to select their own techniques for planning and prioritisation. So, how should a Scrum Product Owner go about prioritising the stories on their backlogs? A common technique for prioritising requirements is the MoSCoW method. Learn about the pros and cons of this technique and recommendations for effective prioritisation.
Agile promises us high-performing, self-organising teams but they don’t always seem to happen in practice. In complex, political enterprises the challenges are even harder.
In this video, we’ll explore some of the failure modes of Agile teams and what you can do to prevent them. We’ll gain a deeper insight into the mechanisms that Agile is using and extract the fundamental principles of team performance. You’ll learn practical approaches for managing teams and for creating an organisational environment that supports the growth of successful teams.
A key principle of Agile is to respond to change over following a plan. But that can leave us at the mercy of constantly changing opinions and at risk of losing sight of what matters for our business. How can we make Agile planning and prioritisation transparent, fast and always in line with our business objectives?
My friend was labelled as “negative” when she highlighted logistical difficulties in her boss’s strategic plans. She felt undervalued and miserable in her job. Yet, she’s a high performer who I’d trust to make my business succeed. So why isn’t such a valuable person being listened to and valued? What could she and her manager do about it?
Agile means something different to everyone. So how can you implement an Agile transformation and get the benefits it promises if no-one understands what it means? The answer is “Don’t go Agile”…
Do your staff understand your organisational objectives? Find out why they don’t, why they aren’t aligned to your strategy and what you can do about it.
January is a time for looking forward: we make plans for the year, set goals and make resolutions. It’s worth taking time to review what happened over the last twelve months to learn what helps us succeed and what gets in our way. In this article, you’ll learn a process to help you or your team review the year and lay the foundation of success in the coming twelve months.
When organisations only talk about reducing costs or increasing revenue, it’s easy to undervalue the critical work of many of your people. It can lead to losing good people and making costly mistakes in the business. In this article we’ll see how conversations using the Four Categories of Financial Value can show people the importance of the work they and others do.
There are four categories of financial value and, without understanding all of them, it’s easy to make costly mistakes and undervalue important work. Learn how to have better conversations about financial value.
Clean Language is a method of communication embodying modern communication values such as listening, understanding and empathy. It’s a powerful approach for anyone in business: from leaders wanting clear, accurate information, through business analysts trying to uncover business needs, to project managers clarifying issues and plans. And its potential for rapidly creating high-performing teams is second-to-none.
In this article, I’ll share the fundamental concepts of the approach for a business context.