July 29, 2020

Plan Do Check Adjust when Half A**ed

Plan Do Check Adjust is an approach for continuous improvement, but what happens when we skip steps in the cycle?

July 14, 2020

Coaching with a Business Analysis Technique

Professional coaching meets a business analysis technique to shape a coaching conversation.

April 10, 2019

Agile Catalyst Co-Creation Advanced Learning Experience Cube Coaching Block Toddler Interaction Session

My wife and 2-year-old son were playing with building blocks. A single adjustment to his construct was the genesis of this post. I made one adjustment to a toy and delighted myself on how the successive improvements flowed from one to another. My son was delighted that he had a new toy. If this post […]

July 3, 2018

Designing Better User Stories

It has been a while since I penned a post. Great User Story writing is an art. Just so I don’t fall into bad habits, a bit of therapeutic* writing can help keep my saw sharpened! Put the User at the Centre Our customer is the star of the show. They are the one we […]

January 27, 2018

Tips for High Impact Process Names

The first step in delivering a program of change is arriving at a common understanding of the terms and definitions we will use to describe the work we are trying to model. Done too fast without early conversations could have names and definitions being embedded into the code base and take years to reconcile. In […]

January 2, 2018

Value Chains – An Agile Perspective

From my “Lost Art of Concept Modeling” series. The purpose of this article is to present a modern view of value chains and how this communication tool can help teams discover insights into their product or service. This article will present the benefits of understanding the value chains within your business. My goals are to: […]

December 27, 2017

Layers of Progressive Detail in Concept Modeling

From the “Lost Art of Concept Modeling” Series. Concept modeling has been one of the best tools in my Business Analysis toolkit for understanding complex projects. Done well, the concept model facilitates necessary up front conversations needed for accurate delivery of projects. This series will provide the tools and techniques to help improve your product […]

December 19, 2017

The Habit of Patience

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt Of all the resources we have in the world, everyone has the same amount of, time. There have been many days where I was patient, just waiting for the right opportunity to come along. What took me a long […]

October 16, 2017

Team Dependency Spider

Problems are lurking around every corner on your team’s journey to Get Stuff Done. Some weeks may feel like the locusts swarms have blotted out the lights or the cat herding becomes so intense your team becomes the “Crazy Cat Gang”. By now your spidey senses are tingling. Evil impediments are afoot. With no time […]

October 9, 2017

The Story Point Ruler

I have been involved with Scrum teams for a number of years now and would like to share some tips for teams that have started on their journey with story point estimation. Why points and not hours? Traditional project management has led us to believe that there is a magic formula that we apply to […]