Agile Coaching Tips – AgileTODAY Article

A couple a months ago I was asked to put together an article for the quarterly AgileTODAY magazine as part of the 2012 Agile Australia conference workshops. After a whiteboard session with Craig Smith, I put together these 8 tips which…

7 Deadly Sins of Automated Software Testing

When Craig Smith and I were planning our presentation for Agile 2011 – we toyed with the idea of listing 7 anti-patterns for automated testing. I’ve taken these patterns and loosely matched them to the classic seven-deadly-sins. This metaphor also allowed me…

Agile and Lean for Construction

Large scale construction projects suffer from cost and time overruns that are typically a symptom of productivity problems and directly affect overall industry profitability. As a result, methodologies have been developed to reduce the risk of overruns and improve project…

STANZ 2011 – Future Tester

Craig Smith and I be presented at STANZ 2011 on The Future Tester at Suncorp: A Journey of Building Quality In Through Agile in Melbourne, Australia. Our presentation was based around work that we have been doing at Suncorp to…

Agile 2011 – Building Quality In

Craig Smith and I presented a session called Accelerating the Speed To Cool On The Road To Building Quality In at Agile2011 in Salt Lake City. The talk was based around work that we have been doing at Suncorp to…

Agile Australia 2011 – Startups

Startup businesses face significant risk in the search for a sustainable, profitable and scalable business model. Consequently, the success rate for Startups is low, making them a typically high risk investment. Agile methods offer a way of reducing the risk…

Kanban and Construction Work Packages

Recently I helped facilitate a workshop with a major engineering company focusing on the use of Work Packages to manage the execution of industrial construction projects. Part of the workshop included a team exercise that compared the efficiency of teams…

Agile Australia 2010

Agile Australia 2010 was one of the best conferences I’ve been to in a while. The following are my brief notes from the sessions I attended.

Agile for Startups

I presented a session at the Brisbane Agile Academy Meetup group on Agile for Startups. I discussed some of the Agile principles and practices relevant to a startup and demonstrated some of the tools used by Ennova. Despite numerous technical…

How Do Scientists Really Use Computers?

Gregory Wilson published an article in the American Scientist discussing the results from a web-based survey of how scientists use computers. Its worth a reading as it highlights the differences between the the scientific community and the IT industry. For…

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