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What is the definition of ‘done’?
August 4, 2015
If you’re breaking your project up into features, then make sure you define what ‘done’ means for a feature. Consider ‘done’ in terms of: Functionally Operationally Being able to be tested automatically Automated deployments Features need t...
Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 27th July 2015
July 31, 2015
Why should you have a zero-defect strategy?
July 28, 2015

Part of the logic of a zero-defect strategy is about psychology: specifically, the psychology of the developer working on code that they know is flawed. The other part of it is just good business practice… We’ve all heard many times that t...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 20th July 2015
July 24, 2015
Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 13th July 2015
July 17, 2015
Are you managing the right risks?
July 13, 2015

I was talking to a very good Project Manager the other day. We were talking about the risks that a Project Manager manages in the delivery of software. In a traditional project, the risks managed are often not actually the biggest risks that proj...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 6th July 2015
July 10, 2015
Why a UX-er and a Developer trumps System and Business Analysts
July 6, 2015

An empowered Product Owner (who cares passionately about their product) coupled with a UXer (a User Experience designer) and a full-stack developer (who can knock up some prototypes very quickly) trumps a couple of system analysts and business ana...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 29th June 2015
July 3, 2015
Webinar: Speed up problem and customer validation
July 2, 2015

Martyn Evans hosted the second in our SpeedAgile webinar series: Speed up problem and customer validation. In this session, Martyn explored how to unlock development by quickly and deeply understand: 1. The real problem that your digital product ...

10 things that make a great Product Owner
July 1, 2015

A good Product Owner is key in success, making a huge difference in terms of drive and enthusiasm. Here (in no particular order) we’ve pulled out 10 attributes believed to make a great Product Owner (with much insight provided by Alan). ...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 22nd June 2015
June 26, 2015
Webinar: Speed up stakeholder communication and sign off
June 25, 2015

Richard Stobart kicked off our SpeedAgile webinar series, with the first session: ‘Speed up stakeholder communication and sign off’. In this 30-minute webinar, Richard explored: Rapidly engaging and building confidence with your stakeholders Cr...

Corporate to Unboxed, Part 2 - Advanced Scrum Master Training
June 24, 2015

Following on from Part 1 in my journey - last week, I attended an Advanced Scrum Master course with Jolie, one of Unboxed’s resident (and very experienced) Scrum Masters. Coming from a corporate project management background, my focus has been ...

How does the Product Owner role change everything in software deliv...
June 22, 2015

I was having a conversation with one of our Agile coaches, who has a long history of project management delivery. We were discussing: Who owns the successful delivery of value of the features in a traditional project approach? I think the ans...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 15th June 2015
June 19, 2015
Feature-based Benefits
June 15, 2015

Imagine you have several projects, which you’re trying to get a delivery team to deliver. Those projects are really important and there is a lot to be delivered, but they are also competing with each other for scarce resources. Typically, in a tr...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 8th June 2015
June 12, 2015
Corporate to Unboxed, a Project Manager’s journey to Scrum Master -...
June 9, 2015

Last week, I officially started my transition from being a corporate person to becoming an Unboxed person. It’s only when you get through the front door of a place that you start to sense the true scale of cultural differences between companies....

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 1st June 2015
June 5, 2015
The Sausage Machine
June 4, 2015

We often talk about “the most important thing for a delivery team to do is…” and “what a delivery team manager should focus on is…”. Let’s get clear on who is responsible for what. If you imagine you’re trying to deliver high value, high q...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 25th May 2015
May 29, 2015
10 Attributes that make a great product owner
May 29, 2015

I’ve been working for Unboxed Consulting since 2008 on a large number of projects and over the years I have worked with quite a few different Product Owners. Some have been great, others not so good. On a recent project I worked on, I was lucky e...

Unboxed Roundup: Our links for w/c 18th May 2015
May 22, 2015
Roundtable: Leading the transition to Agile in established media co...
May 21, 2015

10 attendees (see who attended) 3 lightning talks 4 discussions Wednesday 20th May saw us pull up a chair to our first media roundtable discussion session. From publishers to TV and from music to education, traditional media companies have cha...

Sharing your local development server and setting up a local mail s...
May 19, 2015

I’ve recently been on a project, where for various reasons, we didn’t have a test/staging/QA server available. The lack of this environment caused a slight blocker for QA and UAT/sign off. I decided to configure my own local development server to ...

Unboxed Roundup: our links for w/c 11th May 2015
May 15, 2015
All aboard
May 14, 2015

The sooner New Joiners feel welcome and prepared for their jobs, the sooner they will be able to successfully contribute to the firm’s mission. As employers, a New Joiner’s interactions with you in their first few weeks and months has a majo...

Unstick your digital products
May 12, 2015

Stalled products in your product portfolio, a situation which is ultimately frustrating. So how do you rapidly progress these products through the pipeline, and towards the glowing light at the other end? Following on from our #StuckPipeline even...

Unboxed Roundup: our links for w/c 4th May 2015
May 8, 2015
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