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User stories in Scrum – Product Owner primer

Get the most from user stories in Scrum with a user story template, guide to good user stories, and tips on how to write them with your team.

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Product discovery for Scrum Product Owners

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Working with stakeholders in Scrum: The Product Owner Primer

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Three digital technology tips to save not for profits money

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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

Find out what benefits you get from defining your business purpose, how to discover what your purpose is, and how to embed it in your organisation.

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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

Whether you’re working with a designer on a website or app or doing the design yourself, these 10 UI design tips will help you deliver a tool that users love.

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Collaborating with the future: How to leave a lasting impression

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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

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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

A great way to create an inclusive culture and build trust is to have regular one-on-one meetings with the people in your team.

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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

Learn how to manage technical debt and prevent applications decaying into chaos, and why the laws of physics aren’t on our side.

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Life Education leverages Agile development to keep kiwi kids healthy

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Agile project kick-off meeting toolkit

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Prioritisation tools and tips for Agile projects

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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

Find out how the AnyQuestions site was put together to help more kiwi kids learn how to find and recognise reliable information online.

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Choose our next blog post topic

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New Zealand Government consultancy panel: how to use it

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

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International appetite for Supplejack metadata aggregator

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All of government Web Services Panel: how to use it

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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

Get an Elevator Pitch template and learn how to distil your product vision into a concise summary of your product’s unique selling point.

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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

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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

The team at Boost has polished the crystal ball and compiled 5 top trends to give you a glimpse of … Continued

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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

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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

Clay McGregor is sure that getting Agile certified through the Agile Professional Foundation course he completed mid year with Boost … Continued

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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

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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

Below is a really great read about Minimum Viable Products’s (MVP’s). Different MVP types, when to use them and how … Continued

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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

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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

In software development, as in life, fashions change. In-house teams get dis-established and contractors are brought in by external vendors. … Continued

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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

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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

In Episode 38 of The Board, we talk about: Impact Mapping Prioritisation and relating business goals to users and deliverables … Continued

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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

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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

I can clearly remember my first ever meeting. I was excited about being a part of it. It was an … Continued

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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

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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

At the end of my last blog post on SAFe – Scaled Agile Framework – The Team Level – I said that … Continued

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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

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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

Apple recently announced the introduction of iBeacon technology. Wikipedia describes iBeacon technology as ‘a technology that enables an iOS device or … Continued

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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

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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?

Why is lack of transparency a problem? Lack of transparency leads to poor quality, which has a strong negative impact … Continued

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

During Episode 14 of The Board we explored ‘Does Agile mean no documentation and preparation?’.

You can see The Board Episode 15 via The Board’s Livestream page at 10am NZST this Thursday and 6.30pm EDT.

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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

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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?

Recently Alistair Cockburn, one of the 17 original Agile Manifesto authors, posted a question he was asked by a person called Gaboo, … Continued

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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

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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

Episode 4 of The Board covered a range of topics: the role of Scrum Master – what makes a good Scrum … Continued

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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

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Expanding the format of The Board

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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

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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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

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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

After receiving feedback during our Intro to Scrum and Writing good user stories workshops we felt there was demand for … Continued

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Boost celebrates Halloween

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Agile training with Boost and NZTE’s voucher scheme

We are a service provider in the NZTE Capability voucher scheme. 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

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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

We’ve just completed Sprint 4 of our Scrum and our site has evolved in some obvious and not so obvious ways. Testimonial We’ve … Continued

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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

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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

We’re very pleased to announce that Boost New Media has been named as one of only 48 companies who are … Continued

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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 designers 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

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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

I’ve been coaching members of the Boost team in Agile off and on over the last few years, and by … Continued

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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

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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: a brief introduction

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

Last week a group of us went along to see Jean Tabaka (from Rally Software Development) presentation at a special … Continued

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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

Read a case study on using story mapping and ‘buy a feature’ prioritisation to create the user stories for a first release.

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10 Great Scrum and Agile Practitioners on Twitter

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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

On Friday I ran a workshop for one of our clients on the theme ‘Making good decisions about using social … 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

Learn about the Agile development process from the Product Owner’s point of view and how to write user stories following the INVEST model.

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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?

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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

At the end of last week I was in Westport, running a workshop on using social media tools for National … Continued

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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

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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

DrupalSouth, an annual gathering of Drupal people from around New Zealand, happened over the long weekend here in Wellington. The venue … Continued

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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

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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

Cross-browser compatibility issues are the bane of web developers world-wide and in this ever shifting landscape it is important to … Continued

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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

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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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