Broken Projects or how not to depend on miracles to succeed

What is a “broken project”?  It’s what I describe as a project where the team has less capacity than the simplest solution requires. The word ‘broken’ is strong language but that’s the intention, to shock someone into action.

Stan Wade
Stan Wade | 19 July 2013

Complex problem, clever thinking, great solution

Recently I had reason to make contact with bit10 a web design and development company I have worked with before, based in Coventry. In the process of catching up with their latest development’s bit10’s Sales Director, Mark McKeever brought to my attention to a recent and prestigious award that bit10 had won for their innovative App for GAME.

Anthony Flack
Anthony Flack | 8 July 2013

Everyone's out of step with our 'arry

In the famous joke, two proud parents watch as their son marches past in an army parade. The mother notices that her son is marching in a different rhythm to the rest of the garrison and exclaims "Ooh look! They're all out of step with our 'arry!"

Jason Smith
Jason Smith | 4 July 2013

Proof - Agile can work in local government

It was good to read the July Socitm Insight report Agile: a methodology for our time as IndigoBlue was a key contributor to the work behind the report. I had the pleasure of helping two of the local councils covered.Socitm is the membership association for all ICT professionals working in Local Authorities and the Public and Third Sectors and suppliers to those sectors.

Stan Wade
Stan Wade | 3 July 2013

Missed opportunities in Charity Technology

The Guardian recently ran an  interesting article reporting that the Charity sector is failing to make sufficient investment in technology and therefore failing to take advantage of the opportunities opened up by more effective use of technology. Whilst this is directly linked to the fact that as a sector Charity invests less in IT per headcount than any other, the reasons for this are a lot more fundamental than just not having enough money.

Anthony Flack
Anthony Flack | 28 June 2013

Agile Change Control

The largest single problem within the majority of Agile implementations we encounter is absence of structured change control. Many of the issues experienced can be traced either to inappropriate change or to resultant confusion because the change is not managed. Senior management suspicion of Agile can invariably be traced to a lack of visibility and control of change.

Rob Smith
Rob Smith | 24 June 2013

Would Like, Will Not get?

I recently had a debate with Simon Annicchiarico of Appius regarding the meaning of the W in MoSCoW, and whilst it had its origins in my petty pedantry, there was an important issue to be considered.

Rob Smith
Rob Smith | 17 June 2013

... on the nature of governance

In recent conversations around governance, I've been challenged to reflect on and refine my own understanding and working definition of the term.

For a long time, my working definition of Governance was something like "Governance is the process of insight and influence for people outside the team".   This definition accepts - and builds on - the idea that, in an enterprise adoption of Agile, there are often external stakeholders with authority.  But ...

| 13 June 2013

Shit Happens

Martina Navratilova was once asked what made a truly great sports person. She pondered for a moment and replied “The difference between being a good sports player and a great one is not how well you play when you are playing well. It is how well you play when you are playing badly.”

Jason Smith
Jason Smith | 11 June 2013

A General view of planning

I get asked the question ‘who is your favourite 19th century Prussian Field Marshal’ quite a lot, as I suspect you do as well. There are of course several great contenders for this title, but my vote has to go Helmuth Von Moltke the Elder. Why? Because of his contribution to the concept of dynamic planning! Trying to convince people that planning is a continuous and never ending process and not something that’s completed at the start of a project is a constant challenge for me and I will grab any support I can get.

Stan Wade
Stan Wade | 24 May 2013

Bucket Lists

I read a great blog entry today on The View Inside Me and thought that maybe organisations should have bucket lists too!

John Wright
John Wright | 23 May 2013


While I was working with one of my clients a few years a go, I was given a book to read by the CEO.  "The Speed of Trust".  I read the book with a healthy dose of scepticism having read many management books in the past.  But this book resonated with the core principles of Agile for me.

John Wright
John Wright | 14 May 2013

Skyfall - or falling from the cloud

Earlier this week I read with interest an article via the Flickboard newsfeed on my phone. It highlighted the difficulties that a number of Cloud providers find themselves in. In particular the providers who scaled up quickly with offers of free services and have not successfully converted enough custom to the chargeable model. The conclusion of the article was that this market is about to experience a significant phase of consolidation.

Anthony Flack
Anthony Flack | 10 May 2013