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Building team happiness through company-wide developer retrospectives

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Building the web application to merge three varied New Zealand audiovisual archives into Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision was complex but rewarding.

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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

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New Zealand state sector agencies can simplify the way they hire consultants by using the All of Government (AoG) consultancy panel. This post looks at the benefits you get and how you can make use of use the panel.

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Prioritise user stories and produce more value sooner

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From good to great product ownership

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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?

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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

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Agile transition – workshopping the roles

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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 Board – Episode 44 – Estimating

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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

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The Board – Episode 43 – Agile Training

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The Board – Episode 42 – User Stories

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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 35 – Agile Fluency

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The Board Episode 31- No Estimating and Mob Programming

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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

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The Board – Episode 26: Perceptions of Scrum

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Scaled Agile Framework – Release Planning

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

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Guest post: Playing The Kanban game

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The Board – Episode 21

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The Board – Episode 19

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The Board – Episode 17

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The Board – Episode 16

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Think Visual workshop, 29th August, Wellington

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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

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The Treasure Island Retrospective

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Do you need a Scrum Master?

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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 – 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

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Expanding the format of The Board

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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

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools This is a fantastic statement, mainly because it is counter intuitive to how … Continued

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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

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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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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

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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

We’ve once again set up a Certified Scrum Master course with Kane Mar as the trainer. Although the course is … Continued

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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

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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

Why Test Driven Development? Test Driven Development (TDD) approaches the production of code in a different way, it enables the developer to consider the … Continued

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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

Introducing Scrum to an organisation is notoriously difficult but also fabulously rewarding. Making the shift from traditional project manager to … 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

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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)

As an intern here at Boost I have had the privilege of working with a group of experienced and friendly … Continued

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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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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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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 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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Here we go, here we go, here we go …

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Scrum and Kanban – a developer’s perspective

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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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