Understanding cycle-time in software

Cycle-time and Lead-time and even Little’s Law are terms that have migrated over into the software development context and are becoming more widely used, but I am not sure they are fully understood so I’ll attempt to clarify my understanding of the terms. How does cycle time differ from lead time? In manufacturing: There are…

When does coaching end and doing start?

“Coaching is unlocking people’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.” ― John Whitmore Coaching is an interesting and confusing notion, as an Agile coach in my current role we must be explicitly invited by a team or an individual to coach, usually this is driven…

Were Pirates Agile?

A good friend of mine has been watching Black Sails and he commented at how similar the structure was to a Scrum team and so I did a little research just to see what parallels can be drawn from a a band of pirates and an Agile team. They are self-organising and self-managing A pirate…