Agile Business Change Blog


Community-developed Refinement (CDR)

So I was thinking about my last blog on Windows 8 and how my problem had been resolved by some ‘add on’ software supplied by a third party.


A Playful Interlude

In the dim and distant past, I used to write for a moderately successful satirical journal called “The Brains Trust.” The founders of this gloriously scurrilous rag, Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, have gone on to greater things and last year wrote a play called “Coalition,” which I ended up producing and miraculously sold-out its run in Edinburgh.

It now has a London run featuring lots of people off the telly (Phill Jupitus, Jo Caulfield et al, whoever he is) – so come and see it.

In 2012 MemberWise, the independent professional networking group, consulted with over 3,000 membership organisations and associations to understand how the sector harnesses the power of the web to drive membership value and growth. It is the biggest survey of this type that I am aware of.

The results contained within the survey make for compelling reading.  I was amazed at a number of the findings and intrigued about the wider implications.  When the results are published later this month you can expect a number of blogs from me.

In the meantime, IndigoBlue is delighted to be sponsors of the report and is partnering with MemberWise to host a launch event at the RSA on 12th February.  Demand for this event has been extremely high and only a few places remain.


Sometimes simpler isn’t better!

No, I haven't crossed over to the Dark Side just yet, but I have found myself in the disturbing situation where progress isn’t needed or wanted. I am now in probably the second or third round of Stan Vs Windows 8. It’s not a top billing event, but one that has left me rather disappointed.

I got a fabulous new laptop which has technology improvements everywhere. Battery life is superb with a system to protect if for 5 years. Great processor, good storage capacity, nice display and a very nice keyboard. All around I am very pleased with the hardware.


An End to the Backlog

A couple of years ago I wrote a whimsical blog that suggested we find a new name to replace the Backlog, the argument being that the standard phrase has very negative connotations, “I’ve been snowed under and have a massive backlog to get through before I can move forward”.

This question again surfaced yesterday during an SMT meeting at the YHA. When presenting the exciting portfolio of work to be undertaken in 2013 as a “Backlog” I was immediately challenged regarding the negativity.

Another year has ended and I have been looking back at what I have worked on over the last 12 months.  An annual retrospective. What have I learned? What needs special attention and what will I be thinking about on day one with a new client?

Well I won’t go into the details because it’s a bit boring, but the highlights may be of interest to you.  I have listed the top three I identified based on what happened  to me in the last year.  It may not be the same retrospective format you are used to,  but this is what I needed.


Most Read Posts from 2012

Our most read posts from 2012 cover topics from all areas of IndigoBlue's services and interests.

Most of these posts were written in 2012, but a few older posts are still offering great value to our readers. Its interesting to see the range of topics that are included!

The top 10 are:


Old MacDonald

One of the unique specialisms we have at IndigoBlue is what we have to say about Governance and Incremental Business Change. We have a framework to support this; however we are not specialists in naming things. We tell people we are called IndigoBlue because that was the colour Buddha saw on reaching enlightenment. However, we are actually named after the single “Blue Monday” by New Order. So, our framework has been called a number of things: “ADAPT”, “Adapt”, “Adapt and Control” and less imaginatively “The IndigoBlue Governance Framework.”


Targets for Agile Adoption

Last week I was chatting to an organisation keen to adopt Agile. I was told, “We’re aiming to have 60% of our projects running as Agile by 2015”. This struck me as an odd target, and potentially counter-productive.


Which way does the gate go?

Imagine the scenario.  You are working for an organisation or PMO that takes  a relatively 'waterfall' view of the world, with phases and gates.  You spend a large part of your effort trying to get out of the current phase by satisfying the exit criteria to get through the gate.

Q: What can I personally do to become more Agile in this envrionment?

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