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What is Scrum? The Product Owner primer

This Scrum primer for Product Owners covers Scrum’s history, theory, roles, rules and tools. It shows how Scrum fits with Agile and how and why it works.

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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

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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

Find out what GS1 NZ and Boost learnt in a two week race to build mobile apps for both iOS and Android phones using iBeacon technology and Agile processes.

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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

Learn how team happiness issues can be identified and fixed with in-house retrospectives for teams, and how retrospectives can improve teams.

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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

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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

Find out what we learnt running our first Google design sprint: what worked well, where we got it wrong, and what that means for your sprints.

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How to run a Google sprint

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Google design sprint — why and when to run one

The Google design sprint is a structured 5-day process for answering big business questions by designing, prototyping and testing solutions.

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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

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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

You’ve just finished user story mapping for your Agile Project Kick-off. Your next step is to prioritise user stories. Find out how and why.

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User story mapping – plot your path to a successful product

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Pragmatic personas template and tips

This Pragmatic Personas Template lets you turn existing customer insights into memorable characters that your team can design the product for.

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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

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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

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

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Haml in Helpers

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From good to great product ownership

The Product Owner has arguably the most challenging of the roles in the Scrum process and is often referred to … Continued

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Boost’s 5 trends for 2017

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The art of the retrospective

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Cutting-edge app stirs up more business for Streetwise Coffee

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

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

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

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3 top tips to set up your project for success

Over the last 10 years, I’ve seen the differences between projects that start from a good place and those that … Continued

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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

We’re always keen to help our partners deliver better results, and we were delighted to be invited to run a … Continued

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Clay McGregor gets Agile certified and scores a new career

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Railsn00bs gets a boosted presence

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How getting involved led to better outcomes for our client

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Waterfall and why it’s not suitable for software development

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Agile transition – workshopping the roles

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The case for organisational democracy

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‘Product ownership is a team sport’

Yesterday I went to see Shane Hastie’s presentation on Product Ownership. It was interesting to meet some of Wellington’s agile … Continued

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The Board – Episode 47 – Scaling Agile

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The Board – Episode 46 – Agile Tools

In Episode 46 of The Board, we talk about: Which Agile tools we use to help us succeed Our opinions … Continued

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The direction I want to take MVP’s

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It’s got to be mobile first, no question

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There is no fold

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InfoQ interview: Building a Freedom-centered organisation

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The Board – Episode 44 – Estimating

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Loving Evernote

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Working documentation – The perfect complement to working software

  The Agile Manifesto is often challenging for organisations and individuals starting their Agile journey. In my experience, the Agile … Continued

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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

Jim Highsmith’s article focuses on adaptation across the business, not just within IT. I like his idea about value versus … Continued

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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 41 – Velocity

In Episode 41 of The Board, we talk about: Velocity and what it means to us How we have seen … Continued

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The Board – Episode 40 – Developing Cross-Functional Teams

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The Board – Episode 39 – Is Agile the Goal?

In Episode 39 of The Board, we talk about: Whether Agile is the Goal Aiming to be Agile at all … Continued

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The Board – Episode 38 – Impact Mapping

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The Board – Episode 37 – Product Discovery Workshops

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The Board – Episode 36 – Designing Agile Spaces

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The Board – Episode 35 – Agile Fluency

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The Board – Episode 34 – Scrum vs. Kanban

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

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The Board Episode 32 – Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation

In Episode 32 of The Board, we talk about: Using collaboration as a way to foster trust and give complete … Continued

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The Board Episode 31- No Estimating and Mob Programming

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Start up weekend Queenstown

Queenstown Start up weekend was my first start up weekend, and it couldn’t have been in more inspiring surroundings. Having … Continued

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The joy of timeboxed meetings

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CSS Calc: Creating fluid layouts with more precision

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Impact mapping

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The Board Episode 30 – Signs you are doing Agile wrong

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The Board Episode 29

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The Board – Episode 28 – Agile health checklist

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The Board Episode 27 – MVP vs MMP and CITCON

On episode 27 of The Board Gav and Paul talked about: Roman Pichler’s blog on Minimum Viable Product vs Minimum … Continued

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The Board – Episode 26: Perceptions of Scrum

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Success sliders

One of the first activities we undertake at the beginning of a development project is having our clients take the … Continued

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Scaled Agile Framework – Release Planning

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The smiley face game

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The Board – Episode 25

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

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The Board – Episode 24

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Building for mobile first

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

It’s been ten months since my  first blog post on the Four Agile values. At the time, I was transitioning … Continued

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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

Garreth Morgan and 2 of his colleagues from ikeGPS here in Wellington recently joined us to play The Kanban Game. Playing … Continued

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Boost leading the way in ibeacon technology

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

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The Board – Episode 22

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The Board – Episode 21

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Scaled Agile Framework – The Team Level

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The Board – Episode 20

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The Board – Episode 19

On episode 19 of The Board we talked about risk in Agile. The perceived risk that people new to Agile … Continued

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The Kanban game

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SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) Certification

I’ve just returned from a week of SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) training with Dean Leffingwell and Al Shalloway in Seattle, … Continued

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How does increased transparency reduce risk in software development projects?

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The Board – Episode 18

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The Board – Episode 17

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The Board – Episode 16

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Reducing risk with Agile prioritisation

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Managing Risk with Agile

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Online public services and Design Thinking for governments

The digital era has changed the expectations citizens have regarding the communication of public services and their engagement with government … Continued

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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.

When it comes to technology, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the U.S. has a clear superiority to the … Continued

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 4 – Day Three

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 3 – Day Two

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Boost at Agile 2013: Part 2 – The Conference Begins

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

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Think Visual workshop

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Jelly co-working at Boost

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The Board – Episode 15

This week on The Board we talked about the Visual thinking workshop we have coming up at Boost and some … Continued

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Lost in translation…The Board

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Testing the Boost website – semantic differentiation

We are constantly evolving the Boost website, the enhancements we make are largely based on customer feedback and the results … Continued

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The Board – Episode 14

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Think Visual workshop, 29th August, Wellington

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Why stand up?

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An unexpected Scrum graphic

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The Board – Episode 13

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The new Boost website is live

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The Treasure Island Retrospective

This short video demonstrates how to run a retrospective we devised and ran recently for one of our Scrum teams. It … Continued

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The Boost website evolution

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A Death Note for social media practices

If you’re a manga lover you will know Death Note. If you haven’t watched it yet, I encourage you to … Continued

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Do you need a Scrum Master?

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The Board – Episode 12

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The Board – episode 11

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The Board – episode 10

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The Board – episode 9

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The Board – episode 8

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The Board – episode 7

During Episode 7 Paul and Kirstin talked about User Stories: the why, the what and the how. They discussed all things … Continued

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The Board, Episode 6

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The Board, Episode 5

On episode 5 of The Board we had a new presenter, Paul Flewelling, an Agile Coach at Boost. He joined … Continued

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The Board, Episode 4

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The Board, Episode 3

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The Board, Episode 2

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The Board, Episode 1

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5 steps to better value for money in web application development

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Expanding the format of The Board

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The Rope Game – discovering the power of collaboration

Learn how to play The Rope Game We’ve put together a short video segment on The Rope Game, one of … Continued

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Agile Manifesto number three

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Agile Manifesto number two

Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation One of the things I enjoy about the Agile Manifesto is it’s depth whilst remaining … Continued

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Agile Manifesto numero uno

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Certified Scrum Master course at Boost

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The tiny Scrum

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From boats to Agile

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Explaining an Agile Coach to Mother

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

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Boost Website progress

We are still working behind the scenes on the Boost website and another sprint has come to an end, bringing … Continued

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Boost talks Agile

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Boost Website progress

We’ve been continuing our work on the Boost website. Over the last few sprints we’ve shipped the following features: Request … Continued

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Two new Agile workshops at Boost

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Boost celebrates Halloween

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Agile training with Boost and NZTE’s voucher scheme

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Scrummaker: The project kick-off

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Scrummaker: The technical discussion

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Scrummaker: The experience mapping workshop

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Scrummaker: the customer validation process

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, 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

We know a few people missed a spot on the last Certified Scrum Master course we ran in March this … Continued

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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

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

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Webstock 2012: design and craft

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Behavior Driven Development and Cucumber, embracing agile development

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Business Analysts and Scrum projects: A short case study

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Use cases vs user stories in Agile development

User stories aren’t use cases. User stories alone don’t give the team enough detail to do their work. Learn what this means for Agile teams.

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

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Scrum, a beginners experience

I recently joined Boost after spending over a decade in the UK.  Having worked within a traditional project management process … Continued

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

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My First Sprint (with Scrum)

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Pair programming: When and why

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The 2011 Scrum Guide – a quick review

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Improving user stories with a Definition of Ready

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IntuitionHQ wins Booster Seat 2011

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Jeff Sutherland on the History and Structure of Scrum

As you might have noticed lately, we’ve been talking a bit about Scrum. We’ve done a post on Learning Scrum in … Continued

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Free Friday Agile workshops at Boost

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Scrum in 10 Minutes

One of the topics we most frequently talk about here on the Boost blog is Scrum and Agile development. Much … Continued

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

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

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

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10 Great Scrum and Agile Practitioners on Twitter

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

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User testing workshop for EYC conference

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be running a user-testing workshop at the Engage Your Community conference here in Wellington. This will be … Continued

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Rethinking our Civil Defence preparedness

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Jelly at Boost: Friday co-working for free

Jelly at Boost is casual co-working in Wellington. This post explains why Boost opens its doors to independent workers each week for free.

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Making good decisions about using social media

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User stories and stakeholders – bringing people on board with Agile

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User stories in action – the Agile development process

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User stories: a beginner’s guide to acceptance criteria

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User stories: a beginner’s guide

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Writing for the Web – same as it ever was?

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Reminder: EYC unconference this weekend in Wellington

It’s not too late to register for the Engage Your Community unconference, being held in central Wellington this Saturday, 21 … Continued

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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

Friday 30 July is New Zealand’s National Poetry Day, a ‘celebration of this country’s unique and vibrant poetic voice’. Just … Continued

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Facebook is now the first step

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Friday links: design, development, usability and more

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ROI for social media: the human measure

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Working with Git

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iPads, laptops, and social interaction

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Here we go, here we go, here we go …

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Social media workshops for museums & galleries

It feels pretty appropriate that one of my first tasks at Boost is preparing for a social media workshop that … Continued

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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

It’s been 5 months since we launched IntuitionHQ, our online usability testing application. We have not quite found the time … Continued

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DrupalSouth Presentation

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Scrum and Kanban – a developer’s perspective

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Drupal linked themes

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Scrum and Kanban – less is more

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Hosting in the cloud

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How the west was clustered

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What should break the test?

I recently came across FakeFS, which sounds like a great idea for helping to test file functions. However, I did … Continued

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Squirrel and the custom nut matcher

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Choosing which database indexes to add

When writing a Rails application, how do you decide on the best indexes to add to your database? It might … Continued

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Using Litmus to integrate cross-browser testing into our workflow

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Making your site Pixel Perfect

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DigitalNZ client library for ruby

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Writing tests/specs for existing code

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Flex radar chart component

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Extracting Active Directory SIDs with Ruby

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Using Google Optimizer to improve your conversion rate

It seems that week on week Google introduces new tools without fanfare and it’s easy for these to slip by … Continued

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JRuby presentation for WellRailed

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