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International appetite for Supplejack metadata aggregator

The Supplejack open source metadata aggregator lets you harvest, search and share diverse data, from many sources, at scale. Find out how it does this and whether it can help your organisation.

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Boost joins new government Web Services Panel

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Prioritise user stories and produce more value sooner

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User story mapping – plot your path to a successful product

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Pragmatic personas template and tips

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Elevator pitch template and tips

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Press release template and tips

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The Team Charter – build a better team together

The Team Charter is a simple tool for building a better team by jointly deciding how you’re going to work together.

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Product Vision presentations that inspire

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Project kick-off agenda: Running the workshop

Get an example one-day Agile project kick-off agenda, learn what each activity achieves and get tips for facilitating the workshop. … Continued

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The Agile Project Kick-off Kit

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The Product Owner’s guide to working with developers

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Haml in Helpers

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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

Add a touch of new technology to Streetwise Coffee and you create a cartload of new customers, sweeter-than-ever sales figures … Continued

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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

Do you work in an organisation struggling to do more with less? We come across many projects where organisations have … Continued

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

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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?

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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

‘It’s liberating!’ said Diane Pivac, Head of Audience at Ngā Taonga, when we asked her to describe what it’s like to … Continued

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Waterfall and why it’s not suitable for software development

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Agile transition – workshopping the roles

When going through an Agile transition, companies face all kinds of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is getting everyone on … Continued

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The case for organisational democracy

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‘Product ownership is a team sport’

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The Board – Episode 47 – Scaling Agile

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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

I really stand by this! I believe there is no fold and you shouldn’t really worry too much about how … Continued

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InfoQ interview: Building a Freedom-centered organisation

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The Board – Episode 44 – Estimating

In The Board we talk about various Agile topics. This week we talked about Estimating. We discussed what story points … Continued

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Loving Evernote

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Working documentation – The perfect complement to working software

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Reduce risk by limiting work in progress

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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

Check out Nathan’s Blog post here

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Nathan Donaldson – Thoughts, stories and ideas

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The Board – Episode 43 – Agile Training

Full Transcript Kirstin Donaldson: Hello, and welcome to “The Board” number 43. This is the last one for the year. … Continued

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The Board – Episode 42 – User Stories

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The Board – Episode 41 – Velocity

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The Board – Episode 40 – Developing Cross-Functional Teams

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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

In Episode 36 of The Board, we talk about: Designing Agile Spaces Ways to configure your office to make it … Continued

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The Board – Episode 35 – Agile Fluency

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The Board – Episode 34 – Scrum vs. Kanban

In Episode 34 of The Board, we talk about: The benefits of both ways of working How Scrum is an … Continued

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

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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

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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

Recently Gavin and I were able to attend an Impact Mapping workshop run by Gojko Adzic. We got to spend … Continued

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The Board Episode 30 – Signs you are doing Agile wrong

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The Board Episode 29

In Episode 29 we talked about: The evils of multitasking Wikispeed kickstarter Business analyst role in Scrum Value stream mapping … Continued

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The Board – Episode 28 – Agile health checklist

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The Board Episode 27 – MVP vs MMP and CITCON

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The Board – Episode 26: Perceptions of Scrum

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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

Today’s episode was based on Jeff Sutherland’s blog post “Can You Define Agility?” Jeff Sutherland has a competition running at … Continued

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

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The Board – Episode 24

Happy New Year to you all. The Board is back for 2014 with episode 24 . Today our agile coaches … Continued

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Building for mobile first

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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

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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

Today our Agile coaches talked about Kanban and Scaled Agile. Main topics discussed: Playing the Kanban board game Background on … Continued

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The Board – Episode 21

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Scaled Agile Framework – The Team Level

The team level in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) doesn’t look very different from any other Scrum team setup. SAFe advocates the … Continued

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The Board – Episode 20

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The Board – Episode 19

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The Kanban game

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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

On episode 17 of  The Board Paul and Kirstin asked Gavin about his experiences and what he learned at Agile … Continued

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The Board – Episode 16

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Reducing risk with Agile prioritisation

In my white-paper, Managing Project Risk with Agile, we provided an overview of the ways Agile software development reduces the … Continued

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Managing Risk with Agile

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Online public services and Design Thinking for governments

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 5 – Day Four

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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

Part two of our series of posts about Agile 2013 has just gone up over on In today’s post … Continued

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

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Think Visual workshop

Our upcoming Think Visual workshop spaces are going fast – there are now just 4 places left. Sign up today to … Continued

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Jelly co-working at Boost

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The Board – Episode 15

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Lost in translation…The Board

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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?

Opinions on standing desks differ, ranging from extolling the health virtues to gentle mocking, but the team at Boost have taken to … Continued

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An unexpected Scrum graphic

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The Board – Episode 13

During Episode 13 of The Board we looked at some of the challenges faced by new Agile/Scrum teams as well … Continued

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The new Boost website is live

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The Treasure Island Retrospective

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The Boost website evolution

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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

In episode 11 of The Board, we decided to to change the format a bit by introducing some sofas to the set … Continued

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The Board – episode 10

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The Board – episode 9

Episode 9’s topic was quality on Agile projects, Paul and Kirstin talked about the following items: how is quality defined? … Continued

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The Board – episode 8

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The Board – episode 7

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The Board, Episode 6

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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

In our second episode of The Board Kirstin and Nathan talk Agile values and review ‘Lean from the Trenches’ by … Continued

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The Board, Episode 1

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5 steps to better value for money in web application development

No one wants to be the next Novopay! How do you ensure good value for money in web application development? … Continued

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Expanding the format of The Board

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The Rope Game

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Agile Manifesto number three

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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

A Scrum developer team is made up of 5-9 people. But what if the Development Team is only 2? Is Scrum … Continued

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From boats to Agile

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Explaining an Agile Coach to Mother

I’ve had a handful of strange jobs in my life and they have always been fun to try and explain … Continued

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

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Boost Website progress

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Boost talks Agile

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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

We recently joined the NZTE Capability voucher scheme as a service provider. The voucher scheme helps businesses to build their management capabilities with … Continued

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Scrummaker: The project kick-off

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Scrummaker: The technical discussion

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 experience mapping workshop

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Scrummaker: the customer validation process

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

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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

As a company that makes websites we found, pretty typically, that the most difficult one to produce was our own. … Continued

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Boost’s first Scrum lunch meetup

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Scrum meet-up at Boost

A few months back we started getting together with our Shanghai office for a fortnightly Scrum forum. For an hour … Continued

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Taking Scrum to Shanghai, China

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Certified Scrum Master course at Boost

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Boost’s free Friday Agile workshops

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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

Yesterday I posted on two themes I found emerging at Webstock this year: working with design/ers and crafting experiences. Today … Continued

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Webstock 2012: design and craft

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Behavior Driven Development and Cucumber, embracing agile development

Behavior Driven Development has become a key tool in our toolkit as developers strive to become leaner and more agile. … Continued

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Business Analysts and Scrum projects: A short case study

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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

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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

Here at Boost we’ve been pair programming for a while, and seeing benefits in the form of cohesion and knowledge … Continued

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The 2011 Scrum Guide – a quick review

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Improving user stories with a Definition of Ready

In Scrum, the definition of done tells us when a feature is completed to a releasable standard. It sits above … Continued

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IntuitionHQ wins Booster Seat 2011

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Jeff Sutherland on the History and Structure of Scrum

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Free Friday Agile workshops at Boost

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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

Here at Boost we’ve been running Agile projects (using Scrum) internally for about five years, and with clients for more … Continued

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10 Great Scrum and Agile Practitioners on Twitter

Image 0648 full 2x 726x544 – the UK Government releases an agile prototype for a single government website

Last week the UK Coalition Government launched, a prototype of a possible single government website aimed at making government … Continued

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

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User testing workshop for EYC conference

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Rethinking our Civil Defence preparedness

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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

Today’s post in our introductory series on user stories is about the INVEST model for writing user stories, but for … Continued

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User stories: a beginner’s guide to acceptance criteria

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User stories: a beginner’s guide

My two favourite things about Agile development are: 1. communication and 2. user stories. One of the things I love … Continued

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Writing for the Web – same as it ever was?

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Reminder: EYC unconference this weekend in Wellington

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7 steps to launching with great web content

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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

“Return on investment for social media activities”. It’s not a sexy phrase, but it’s one I’ve been pondering hard as … Continued

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Working with Git

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iPads, laptops, and social interaction

Last week I was lucky enough to go along to Foo Camp in Sebastopol, California. ‘Foo’ stands for ‘Friends of … Continued

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Here we go, here we go, here we go …

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Social media workshops for museums & galleries

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Custom application and CMS integration

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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

We’ve released our first public Drupal module – linkedtheme. This modules gives you the ability to link themes together so … Continued

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Scrum and Kanban – less is more

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Hosting in the cloud

It’s been a busy time here at Boost, and we have just released our new web usability testing application IntuitionHQ. … Continued

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How the west was clustered

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What should break the test?

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Squirrel and the custom nut matcher

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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

We’ve just released a new client library for accessing the’s search API. This library uses nokogiri for speedily parsing … Continued

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Writing tests/specs for existing code

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Flex radar chart component

We’ve released a radar (spider, polar) chart component for Flex as an open source (MIT) project on github. This is … Continued

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Extracting Active Directory SIDs with Ruby

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Using Google Optimizer to improve your conversion rate

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JRuby presentation for WellRailed

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