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The Product Owner’s guide to working with developers

Are you a Product Owner wondering how to get the best from your development team? Find out what gets developers humming.

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From good to great product ownership

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Boost’s 5 trends for 2017

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The art of the retrospective

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Cutting-edge app stirs up more business for Streetwise Coffee

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Using the “Who” process for hiring developers and scrum masters

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How reducing your batch size is proven to radically reduce your costs

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Prioritising versus ordering: what is the difference and why does it matter?

Deciding on the most important thing to work on at any given time is not an easy task for a project team, … Continued

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3 top tips to set up your project for success

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Mindfulness and Agile – different sides of the same coin?

At face value there would seem to be no connection between Agile and mindfulness. After all, Agile is a project … Continued

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Te Papa changes tack to deliver their flagship website

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Clay McGregor gets Agile certified and scores a new career

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Railsn00bs gets a boosted presence

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How getting involved led to better outcomes for our client

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Waterfall and why it’s not suitable for software development

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Agile transition – workshopping the roles

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The case for organisational democracy

Check out our CEO Nathan’s new Blog post. Over the past four years we have worked to make our workplace … Continued

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‘Product ownership is a team sport’

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The Board – Episode 47 – Scaling Agile

In Episode 47 of The Board, we talk about: Scaling Agile Ways in which smaller teams can scale Agile Lean … Continued

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The Board – Episode 46 – Agile Tools

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The direction I want to take MVP’s

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It’s got to be mobile first, no question

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There is no fold

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InfoQ interview: Building a Freedom-centered organisation

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The Board – Episode 44 – Estimating

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Loving Evernote

For years I’ve used Evernote, poorly. Every where I go I run into people who swear their lives would disentegrate … Continued

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Working documentation – The perfect complement to working software

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Reduce risk by limiting work in progress

  Limiting working in progress (WIP) shortens the lead time for features. It reduces context switching and batch size, greatly … Continued

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Jim Highsmith offers a 2015 prescription for adaptive CIO leadership

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Don’t let ‘fair’ keep you from success

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The daily technique that will align your actions with your values

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Replacing the user story with the job story

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Nathan Donaldson – Thoughts, stories and ideas

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The Board – Episode 43 – Agile Training

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The Board – Episode 42 – User Stories

In Episode 42 of The Board, we talk about: What a user story is Some of the difficulties people find … Continued

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The Board – Episode 41 – Velocity

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The Board – Episode 40 – Developing Cross-Functional Teams

In Episode 40 of The Board, we talk about: Developing cross-functional teams Some of the difficulties and benefits associated with … Continued

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The Board – Episode 39 – Is Agile the Goal?

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The Board – Episode 38 – Impact Mapping

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The Board – Episode 37 – Product Discovery Workshops

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The Board – Episode 36 – Designing Agile Spaces

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The Board – Episode 35 – Agile Fluency

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The Board – Episode 34 – Scrum vs. Kanban

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The Board – Episode 33 – Arbejdsglaede “Happiness at Work”

In Episode 33 of The Board, we talk about: Arbejdsglaede or happiness at work benefits ranging from workflow to the … Continued

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The Board Episode 32 – Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation

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The Board Episode 31- No Estimating and Mob Programming

In Episode 31 of The Board, we talk about: No estimating Mob programming Full Transcript Gavin Coughlan: Hello, and welcome … Continued

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Start up weekend Queenstown

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The joy of timeboxed meetings

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CSS Calc: Creating fluid layouts with more precision

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Impact mapping

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The Board Episode 30 – Signs you are doing Agile wrong

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The Board Episode 29

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The Board – Episode 28 – Agile health checklist

In Episode 28th of The Board we talk about a training day we recently ran and about our Agile health … Continued

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The Board Episode 27 – MVP vs MMP and CITCON

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The Board – Episode 26: Perceptions of Scrum

On episode 26 of The Board we talked about perceptions of Scrum, and in particular tackling negativity.

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Success sliders

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Scaled Agile Framework – Release Planning

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The smiley face game

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The Board – Episode 25

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New free workshop – An introduction to running Agile projects at scale

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The Board – Episode 24

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Building for mobile first

What is a mobile first approach? Instead of creating a website for the desktop first, then scaling it down for … Continued

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Agile Manifesto number four – How responding to change is testing a hypothesis

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Ringing out the red – making the most of the Boost blog

Having a blog is a very effective way to get exposure and build your brand. Your blog gives you a … Continued

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Guest post: Playing The Kanban game

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Boost leading the way in ibeacon technology

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What does Lego and building high quality software have in common?

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The Board – Episode 22

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The Board – Episode 21

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Scaled Agile Framework – The Team Level

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The Board – Episode 20

Episode 20 of The Board was presented by Kirstin Donaldson and Gavin Coughlan, both Agile coaches at Boost. Paul, usually the … Continued

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The Board – Episode 19

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The Kanban game

Last Friday five of us took a couple of hours to sit down and play The Kanban game, which had … Continued

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SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) Certification

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How does increased transparency reduce risk in software development projects?

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The Board – Episode 18

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The Board – Episode 17

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The Board – Episode 16

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Reducing risk with Agile prioritisation

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Managing Risk with Agile

When I talk to CIOs, CTOs and CEOs in Government in New Zealand I hear the same things repeated over … Continued

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Online public services and Design Thinking for governments

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 5 – Day Four

The final part of our series of posts about Agile 2013 has just gone up over on boostagile.com. In today’s post we … Continued

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Research: The majority of mobile apps are being developed outside the U.S.

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 4 – Day Three

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 3 – Day Two

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 2 – The Conference Begins

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 1 – Constellations in the Bio-dome

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Think Visual workshop

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Jelly co-working at Boost

We’ve had a reshuffle of our workspace. The normal sitting desks are gone and we’ve now fully moved to stand … Continued

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The Board – Episode 15

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Lost in translation…The Board

The husband of a member of our team mentioned recently that he’s been watching The Board and thinks it’s hilarious. … Continued

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Testing the Boost website – semantic differentiation

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The Board – Episode 14

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Think Visual workshop, 29th August, Wellington

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Why stand up?

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An unexpected Scrum graphic

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The Board – Episode 13

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The new Boost website is live

You may have noticed a bit of extra colour has crept in to the Boost website recently. After just over … Continued

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The Treasure Island Retrospective

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The Boost website evolution

It has been a while since we last posted an update on the progress of the Boost website. There have … Continued

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A Death Note for social media practices

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Do you need a Scrum Master?

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The Board – Episode 12

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The Board – episode 11

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The Board – episode 10

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The Board – episode 9

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The Board – episode 8

On episode 8 of The Board Nathan and Kirstin talked about Agile in China and the Scaled Agile Framework. We … Continued

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The Board – episode 7

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The Board, Episode 6

Paul Flewelling and Kirstin Donaldson hosted Episode 6 of The Board and they covered: Scrum teams, what they are, how … Continued

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The Board, Episode 5

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The Board, Episode 4

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The Board, Episode 3

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The Board, Episode 2

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The Board, Episode 1

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5 steps to better value for money in web application development

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Expanding the format of The Board

The Board, Boost’s live, Agile show, is expanding it’s format to include more of what we like best… you. We’re … Continued

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The Rope Game

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Agile Manifesto number three

Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation This is the line that made me think Agile was crazy talk. Forever and as … Continued

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Agile Manifesto number two

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Agile Manifesto numero uno

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Certified Scrum Master course at Boost

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The tiny Scrum

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From boats to Agile

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Explaining an Agile Coach to Mother

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How we integrate UX and Design in to Scrum – An Agile Welly Presentation

Last night I gave a presentation for Agile Welly on how Boost integrates UX and Design in to Scrum. Thanks to everyone … Continued

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Boost Website progress

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Boost talks Agile

We like talking Agile and we like talking Agile with other practitioners so we’ve started our own TV channel on … Continued

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Boost Website progress

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Two new Agile workshops at Boost

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Boost celebrates Halloween

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Agile training with Boost and NZTE’s voucher scheme

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Scrummaker: The project kick-off

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Scrummaker: The technical discussion

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Scrummaker: The experience mapping workshop

On Thursday and Friday October 4 and 5, Boost closed its doors for an all-hands two-day product development workshop, to … Continued

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Scrummaker: the customer validation process

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Scrummaker, or, building a new Agile product in two days

Boost closed its doors for an all-hands two-day product development workshop, to build a new tool for teams running Agile retrospectives that we’ve named Scrummaker.

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Join us for a Scrum game run by Kane Mar

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Scrum and the Boost website, the evolution continues

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Scrum lunch at Boost

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Scrumming the Boost website

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Boost’s first Scrum lunch meetup

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Scrum meet-up at Boost

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Taking Scrum to Shanghai, China

In an ever more competitive world, Agile and Scrum are fast becoming necessities. We’re started a new company in Shanghai, … Continued

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Certified Scrum Master course at Boost

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Boost’s free Friday Agile workshops

Every Friday we run free workshops about Agile development here at the Boost offices in Wellington. To find out more, … Continued

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Test Driven Development and Agile

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WorldBlu officially recognizes Boost New Media as a democratic workplace

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From traditional project manager to Scrum Master – a free talk at Boost

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Webstock 2012: happy places, strategic creativity, and One Big Idea

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Webstock 2012: design and craft

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Behavior Driven Development and Cucumber, embracing agile development

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Business Analysts and Scrum projects: A short case study

In a recent post I discussed the question “Are user stories the same as use cases?”. This is a question … Continued

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Use cases vs user stories in Agile development

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Tina Fey’s Four Rules of Improv, as applied to Scrum

Driving home for Christmas, I listened to the audiobook version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants.* Listening to her read the chapter … Continued

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Scrum, a beginners experience

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Agile coaching: I thought I was, but I wasn’t

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My First Sprint (with Scrum)

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Pair programming: When and why

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The 2011 Scrum Guide – a quick review

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Improving user stories with a Definition of Ready

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IntuitionHQ wins Booster Seat 2011

The Boost office was buzzing yesterday when we got a call from Rich Chetwynd and Nicole Fougere from Litmos.com to … Continued

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Jeff Sutherland on the History and Structure of Scrum

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Free Friday Agile workshops at Boost

[Here’s the tl;dr version of this blog post. Every Friday we run free workshops about Agile development here at the … Continued

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Scrum in 10 Minutes

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Jean Tabaka on the Golden Circle of Agile & StackExchange for project management

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Data data everywhere: Pew Internet on social networking sites and A List Apart on the web design industry

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Agile experiments: creating user stories with story mapping and ‘buy a feature’ prioritisation

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10 Great Scrum and Agile Practitioners on Twitter

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alpha.gov.uk – the UK Government releases an agile prototype for a single government website

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Adapting Agile’s visible workspaces to the humble to-do list

For the past three weeks I’ve been trialling a new form of to-do list, inspired by the Agile visible workspace. … Continued

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User testing workshop for EYC conference

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Rethinking our Civil Defence preparedness

As far as civil defence goes, we have always maintained a high level of preparedness, our bright yellow plastic water … Continued

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Jelly at Boost: Friday co-working for free

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Making good decisions about using social media

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User stories and stakeholders – bringing people on board with Agile

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User stories in action – the Agile development process

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User stories: a beginner’s guide to acceptance criteria

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User stories: a beginner’s guide

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Writing for the Web – same as it ever was?

I’m currently writing new copy for the Boost website, which will be relaunching soonish with an updated look and a … Continued

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Reminder: EYC unconference this weekend in Wellington

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7 steps to launching with great web content

Content. It’s the red-headed stepchild of any website project. The thing that 9 times out of 10 blows the time-line … Continued

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New look for the Poet Laureate on National Poetry Day

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Facebook is now the first step

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Friday links: design, development, usability and more

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ROI for social media: the human measure

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Working with Git

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iPads, laptops, and social interaction

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Here we go, here we go, here we go …

I’d like to make a small prediction. At about 4am this Sunday morning at the Wellington Convention Centre, 18 webbies … Continued

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Social media workshops for museums & galleries

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Custom application and CMS integration

When we release a SaaS web application, such as IntuitionHQ, it’s inevitable that there will be two parts that make … Continued

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Iterative design – working on IntuitionHQ to improve the user experience and usability

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DrupalSouth Presentation

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Scrum and Kanban – a developer’s perspective

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Drupal linked themes

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Scrum and Kanban – less is more

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Hosting in the cloud

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How the west was clustered

Our new product, IntuitionHQ, shows clusters of clicks on an image. To generate these clusters we made use of a … Continued

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What should break the test?

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Squirrel and the custom nut matcher

I recently found squirrel, and I wanted to use it for a project we’re working on to simplify some complex … Continued

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Choosing which database indexes to add

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Using Litmus to integrate cross-browser testing into our workflow

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Making your site Pixel Perfect

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DigitalNZ client library for ruby

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Writing tests/specs for existing code

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Flex radar chart component

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Extracting Active Directory SIDs with Ruby

Getting user and group information from Active Directory via LDAP is nearly easy, but I came across one hurdle. If … Continued

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Using Google Optimizer to improve your conversion rate

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JRuby presentation for WellRailed

On the 25th of February ’09 I did a brief JRuby presentation on JRuby and how we’re using it at … Continued

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