Allan Kelly

About Allan Kelly

Allan Kelly has held just about every job in IT, these days he provides training and consulting in development management, processes & products, especially around Agile. He specializes in working with software product companies, aligning company strategy with products and processes. More about Allan at http://www.softwarestrategy.co.uk/allankelly

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How much does your manager need to know?

In this social media age I am often surprised by the reaction to what I say online. Usually this is not by the reaction to what I say but rather the lack of reaction. I’ve lost track ...
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I hate bugs (A rant)

Rant on. In software terms quality does not mean walnut dashboards, it does not mean gold plating, it does not mean polishing to perfection. These things may happen in a development ...
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Retrospective Dialogue Sheets updates and changes

When I say changes, I’m not saying anything about changes to the sheets themselves. I mean I’ve been thinking about how I make the sheets available and I’m going to make two changes. Firstly, ...
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The state of Scrum Mastering

As most readers will have worked out, I’m not a fan of Scrum Masters. Partly this is because I find it a very mixed up roll to start with (see my “Hard Core Scrum” post), partly ...
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Estimating business value: adding Value poker and Dragons Den to the Agile toolkit

A common piece of advice heard in Agile circles is: “Prioritise by value. Do the highest value first.” Sound advice, easy to say but perhaps harder to do. And if you know me – ...
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It is all X or Y management – and why Agile people should read Mintberg

In the last few years it has become increasingly common to hear Agile supporters talking about Beyond Budgeting, indeed, I was instrumental in inviting Bjarte Bogsnes to deliver at ...
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Does Agile require cultural change?

If Wood Allen was an Agile Coach Consultant he might say: “#Agile without culture change is an empty experience; but as empty experience go its one of the best” I sit in Agile conferences ...
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The Estimates Land mine – use and misuse of estimates

After posting my last post – Estimate or #NoEstimate that is the question? – I felt a little as if I’d stepped on a land-mine. That is to say I had a few comments and ...
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Estimates or #NoEstimates? that is the question

To estimate or not to estimate, to join the #NoEstimates bang-wagon or not, that is the question. Maybe it is a navel gazing exercise for agile-folk but it does seem to be the reoccurring ...
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Nightmare on Agile Street 2: Managed Agile

Blow me down, its happening again… I’m awake. I’m wet, its a cold sweat. Its the small hours of the morning and the dream is horrid…. I’ve been sent to Coventry. I’m ...
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