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I spoke at #agileinthecity this week on Punishment Driven Development and I was asked an interesting question. “What if a team member doesn’t want to do a good job?” Should we punish someone who just isn’t trying?  Should we let them know that their behaviour is unacceptable?  Should we start hard performance management? It’s my […]

What is the first thing we do when a major issue occurs in a live system?  Sort it out of course.  Then we start the hunt for the person to blame so that they can suffer the appropriate punishment.  What do we do if a person is being awkward in the team and won’t agree […]

If you’re thinking of introducing agile and/or lean practices into an organisation and you’re wondering whether it’s even worth trying, it would be worthwhile spending a bit of time thinking about corporate culture.  Culture within an organisation is an incredibly strong force and introducing change is highly likely to fail if you don’t take it […]

I’m a nerd.  I’m happy to admit it.  For example, I loved maths so much at school that I would regularly ask for extra maths homework.  Yes, I was that child.  When I was revising multiple subjects I would do a practice maths exam paper as my enjoyable break between revising other subjects.  Some pure […]

In roller derby, as in many sports, speed is really important.  So much so that as part of the minimum skills (which you have to pass before you can play) you must be able to skate 27 times around a derby track in 5 minutes.  Depending on the route you take a round the track, […]

There’s roller derby and there’s men’s roller derby.  I can’t think of another assertive team sport with large amounts of physical contact which is played primarily by women.  There are male roller derby teams (and even a few mixed ones) and this is becoming more popular, but it is still predominantly a female sport. In […]

When we think about agile development we talk about the performance of the team and not measuring individual performance.  If we measure individual performance then we drive behaviours which are counterproductive to our overall aims.  For example, one of the best developers I have ever worked with would probably have been viewed as achieving very […]