Safe To Fail

Safe To Fail

The term “Safe To Fail” has entered common usage in product circles thanks to the Lean Startup. The underlying concept contains two…

Working effectively requires responsibility, commitment, and accountability

Working effectively requires responsibility, commitment, and accountability

Working effectively with others requires us to embrace and uphold the very essence of responsibility, commitment, and accountability. Consider the meanings of: “commitment”…

Continuous Delivery In a Hostile Environment

Continuous Delivery In a Hostile Environment

I gave a talk at the London Continuous Delivery meet-up about a recent project rescue for a client. We were tasked with getting…

Energized Work has moved office

Energized Work has moved office

Land ahoy ship mates! Yes you heard right. We’re hanging up our cutlasses and giving up life on the high seas. After…

When to replace a legacy system?

When to replace a legacy system?

Legacy systems are considered to be systems that have been operating in production for a long time. While the technology has become…

Commercial Contracts: Guarantees, commitments and risks

Commercial Contracts: Guarantees, commitments and risks

“When you buy something, you want to know exactly what you’ll get and how much it will cost. It makes sense.” Our…

Deliver outcomes not features

Deliver outcomes not features

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been reflecting on the Contracted to deliver outcomes talk I gave at Agile on Beach.…

The problem with estimates part 2 – all cost, no value

The problem with estimates part 2 – all cost, no value

In a previous post I talked about the issues associated with the kind of single-point estimates devoid of uncertainty information used by…

The problem with estimates part 1 – uncertainty

The problem with estimates part 1 – uncertainty

Most software people who have ever had to produce an estimate will tell you that estimation is extremely problematic: Estimates are woefully…

Replacing Legacy Systems? Mind the gap!

Replacing Legacy Systems? Mind the gap!

Anyone who has travelled in London during the summer will have cursed the creaking transport system we call the Tube. Why is…

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