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LAST Conference 2016 (Sydney) – only 16 places left
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Ethann Castell    

A quick heads up that the Sydney LAST Conference is on next Monday (July 25th) and there are only 16 tickets left!

LAST stands for Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking, so sessions will fall broadly into one or more of those three categories. Tickets for the full day event are only $99 and you can find more information at the LAST Conference website.

 

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Inaugural Scrum Coach Retreat Sydney
Sun, Apr 2nd 2017 9:38p   Ethann Castell
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Agile Team Energiser: Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 5:35a   Ethann Castell
Most people are familiar with the game Rock, Paper, Scissors – a simple game where two participants compete with hand gestures representing each of the aforementioned objects, and a simple set of rules for determining which object beats the other. Recently I came across an extended version of the game called Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock which appears to have first appeared on The Big Bang Theory. As you might expect, this version of the game introduces two additional hand gestures;
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Using graffiti to build high-performing teams.
Mon, Feb 27th 2017 8:11a   Ethann Castell
There’s one thing that strikes me about close-knit, high-performing teams. They seem to have an internal language that people outside of the group have trouble understanding. So how can the use of grafitti encourage the development of this internal language? Well-known author Steve McConnell wrote about this in his book Rapid Development:Taming Wild Software Schedules. Like a lot of other teams, we had a set of in-jokes and rituals that people outside the team had a hard time understand
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Four free Agile resources that you should know about (but probably don’t!)
Mon, Oct 17th 2016 7:52p   Ethann Castell
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Agile Tour Sydney 2016 – call for facilitators
Tue, Oct 4th 2016 5:50p   Ethann Castell
The Agile Tour Sydney is on again on November 14. For 2016 there’s a change of venue to the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney.  So only 40 sleeps to go before the big day. The call has now gone out for nominations from those who would like to run a workshop on the day. So if you’ve got a good idea or a burning topic to share then get to it and submit your idea now. The Agile Tour is one of my favorite Agile events of the year and extremely good value at only $100 per ticket (t
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How popular are Agile Certifications with employers?
Mon, Aug 8th 2016 6:28a   Ethann Castell
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The Rubber Chicken and other ways to get Agile meetings started on time
Tue, Jul 26th 2016 6:21p   Ethann Castell
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LAST Conference 2016 (Sydney) – only 16 places left
Wed, Jul 20th 2016 7:52a   Ethann Castell
A quick heads up that the Sydney LAST Conference is on next Monday (July 25th) and there are only 16 tickets left! LAST stands for Lean, Agile, Systems Thinking, so sessions will fall broadly into one or more of those three categories. Tickets for the full day event are only $99 and you can find more information at the LAST Conference website. The post LAST Conference 2016 (Sydney) – only 16 places left appeared first on Ethann Castell.
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Agile and The Black Swan
Fri, Jul 8th 2016 4:39a   Ethann Castell
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What is the difference between Risks and Issues?
Sat, Feb 20th 2016 2:05a   Ethann Castell
In traditional world of Project Management, many of us have used a RAID (Risks, Assumptions, Issues and Decisions) log, or some variation of it.  Even in Agile corporate environments we often encounter Risks and Issues logs at a project or program level. I had a colleague ask me the other day what was the difference a Risk and and Issue. It’s an interesting question which has a surprisingly succinct answer. Risk A risk is an occurrence which could negatively impact the project. Issue An




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