July 15, 2022

  Alice came to the fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire cat. “I don’t know,” Alice answered.“ Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.   Strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty. […]

Agile / Servant Leader

July 4, 2022

“The focus in an agile project is on continuous learning and improvement.” Fail early Fail often Revise Learn Agile – Values PRIMARY Individuals and interactions Working software Customer collaboration Responding to change SECONDARY Processes and tools Comprehensive documentation Contract negotiation Following a plan Agile – Principles Satisfy the customer Welcome change Deliver software frequently Work […]

The making of a chip

January 1, 2022

“The transistor is arguably the most significant invention of the 20th century.  A human hair is about 70 microns.  A micron or micrometer (represented as µm) is a unit of measurement equal to one millionth of a meter or one thousandth of a millimeter.  50-micron chip technology requires doping of silicon, creating P-N semi-conducting structures in […]

Acknowledgement of country

August 18, 2020 Only Traditional Owners/Custodians of the land on which the event takes place can deliver a Welcome to Country.  If a Traditional Owner is not available to do a Welcome to Country, an Acknowledgement of Country can be delivered instead. I wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay my respects to Elders past, […]

Motivating staff

July 4, 2017

Everyone’s rights To be treated with respect. To have decisions made in a timely manner. To produce and receive quality work to agreed standards and principles. To estimate your activities aggressive yet achievable and have your estimates respected by others. To be provided adequate resources not limited to time and money to achieve what is […]

Agile / Scrum process

August 22, 2016

An Agile / Scrum product flow consists of a number of objects: Product A product might contain the themes, epics, and stories that describe these enhancements from the user’s perspective. Products can have a narrow focus with few user stories or a wider context with many user stories, each containing several tasks. You create products […]

How to Agile

August 22, 2016

Project managers trying to understand what Agile is really all about often ask how Agile project management is different from traditional project management techniques.  One of the best ways to describe the differences would be to walk through an Agile project plan.   An agile project plan is feature based. Most project managers are used […]

Disciplined Agile – Roles

July 5, 2016

Any given person will be in one or more roles, an individual can change role(s) over time, and any given role will have zero or more people performing it at any given time. For example, Simon may be in the role of team member and architecture owner right now but step into the role of […]

Agile versus Matrix

July 4, 2016

In Scrum / Agile team resources are fixed throughout the duration of the project and features are variable. In a Matrix organisation resources allocation is variable and features are fixed. Agile / Scrum allows for variations late in the project where a traditional approach does not (or less). This is because Agile / […]

Performance Appraisal Action Verbs

June 22, 2016

Performance Appraisal Action Verbs