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Three digital technology tips to save not for profits money

As a not for profit you, and your supporters, want your work to deliver the greatest possible impact. To maximise … Continued

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Making multiple Product Owners work in Scrum: A case study

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Six signs of a successful Scrum Team: The Product Owner primer

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What is Scrum? The Product Owner primer

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Your business purpose: How to discover your organisation’s compass

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Choosing clients: Why it’s important and how you can do it

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10 UI design tips that put users first

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Collaborating with the future: How to leave a lasting impression

The code that you leave behind is how future developers will think of you. Make sure you are collaborating with the future effectively.

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Sifting through your code base with ctags

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Boost News: Tools to help you make a difference, direct to your inbox

Boost News is our email newsletter. In it you’ll get Agile tools and tips, development case studies, workplace change ideas and hear what’s up at Boost.

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Two mobile apps in two weeks. Feasible? Yes. Fun? Definitely

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12 tips for writing a business blog even busy people will read

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Building team happiness through company-wide developer retrospectives

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Build trust with one-on-one meetings

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Complex web application project gets cost-effective solution

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Technical debt and entropy: what the laws of physics teach us about refactoring code

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Life Education leverages Agile development to keep kiwi kids healthy

Learn how becoming an integral part of an Agile development team let health educators Life Education build a digital tool that drove a major change in their work.

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Agile project kick-off meeting toolkit

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Prioritisation tools and tips for Agile projects

Get a range of prioritisation tools and techniques you can use to ensure your project delivers the most value for the least effort and expense.

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Google design sprint case study

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How to run a Google sprint

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Google design sprint — why and when to run one

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AnyQuestions: Helping kiwi kids thrive in the information age

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Choose our next blog post topic

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New Zealand Government consultancy panel: how to use it

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Boost website accessibility and build traffic – 12 tips for website owners

Want your website to reach more people? Make it more accessible. Learn about website accessibility, its benefits and how to achieve it.

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International appetite for Supplejack metadata aggregator

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All of government Web Services Panel: how to use it

Boost has been appointed to the new government Web Services Panel. Learn what this means for government agencies and how they can use the WSP.

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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

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Product Vision presentations that inspire

Presenting the Product Vision at an Agile Project Kick-off is a chance to inspire the team by depicting the better … Continued

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Project kick-off agenda: Running the workshop

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The Agile Project Kick-off Kit

About to start an Agile project? Find out what to expect from a Project Kick-off and how it can get your project off on the right foot.

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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

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

This blog post by Clarion Coughlan was first published on Hands up if you find hiring one of the … Continued

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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?

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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

The whole controversy over Agile vs waterfall methodology has been covered in countless articles and blog posts. Yet I still spend a lot … Continued

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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

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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

While at Agile2014 in Orlando last year Nathan was lucky enough to be interviewed by Shane Hastie for InfoQ. In the interview … Continued

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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

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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

Our Managing Director Nathan has started a blog with regular posts about Agile and ways to improve workflow within your … Continued

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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

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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

In Episode 35 of The Board, we talk about: Agile fluency and different directions teams can head in Delivering value … Continued

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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

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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

In Episode 30 of The Board, we talk about: Defining velocity (as discussed in Mike Cohn’s blog) Signs you’re doing … Continued

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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

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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

Last Friday we ran our latest free workshop “An introduction to running Agile projects at scale“. What does it mean … Continued

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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

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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

It’s just Kirstin and Paul on the couches for this episode, Gavin is away on honeymoon. A number of topics … Continued

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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

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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

On episode 16 of The Board we discussed: backlog Grooming, switching up retros to keeping them interesting, how disciplined Scrum … Continued

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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

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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

We have just added the first in a series of posts about our experiences at the Agile 2013 conference in Nashville, Tennessee over at … Continued

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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

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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

Nathan recently returned from Shanghai with a Scrum handout that was quite different to any we’d seen before: Edit: Many … Continued

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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

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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

Episode 10 of The Board saw the debut of our cameraman Gavin Coughlan as he took a place at the … Continued

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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

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The Board, Episode 5 – The Product Owner

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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

The Board is streamed live every two weeks, it’s all about Agile. We filmed our first episode, live, 6 months … Continued

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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 – discovering the power of collaboration

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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

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From boats to Agile

I came back and decided to live in Wellington and Agile was why. That doesn’t mean anything to you, but … Continued

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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

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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

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 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

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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

Yesterday we held our first Scrunch – Scrum lunch. A bunch of us got together for an hour over coffee … Continued

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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

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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

My single favourite quote of Webstock 2012 came courtesy of Scott Hanselman: So many people who had great blogs now … Continued

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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

View a case study on the ways a business analyst can contribute to Scrum projects and get additional resources on BA’s role in Scrum.

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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 beginner’s 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

Here at Boost we’ve been reviewing the updated Scrum Guide by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, released in July (you … Continued

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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 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

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Scrum in 10 Minutes: a brief introduction

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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

The internet is full of interesting resources, but sometimes it gets hard to sift through all the junk in order … Continued

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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

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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

Acceptance criteria confirm when a user story is completed. Get an introductory guide to writing acceptance criteria for Agile user stories.

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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

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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

During a brief slow period on a Friday afternoon I started pondering how much work I actually do, and if … Continued

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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

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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

Here at Boost we are always endeavouring to improve our processes and ultimately our outputs. The ‘cycle of continuous improvement’, … Continued

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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

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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

On several occasions we’ve looked at Rails projects with no tests, or very low test coverage. Trying to write tests … Continued

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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

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