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

These practical tips make writing a business blog — or other web content — easier and more effective, helping you promote the aims of your company or agency online.

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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

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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

Google Sprint is a 5-day system for solving big business challenges. Learn what to expect from a Google sprint, and how to run one.

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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

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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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Boost joins new government Web Services Panel

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

Learn how User Story Mapping can guide your move from visualising a product to building it and how to run the exercise in a project kick-off.

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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

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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

Haml is one of my favourite Rails plugins – I really like the way it simplifies views, makes sure they’re … Continued

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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

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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?

At face value there would seem to be no connection between Agile and mindfulness. After all, Agile is a project … Continued

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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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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

In Episode 47 of The Board, we talk about: Scaling Agile Ways in which smaller teams can scale Agile Lean … Continued

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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

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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

  Limiting working in progress (WIP) shortens the lead time for features. It reduces context switching and batch size, greatly … Continued

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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

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

In Episode 40 of The Board, we talk about: Developing cross-functional teams Some of the difficulties and benefits associated with … Continued

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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

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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

In Episode 31 of The Board, we talk about: No estimating Mob programming Full Transcript Gavin Coughlan: Hello, and welcome … Continued

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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

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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

On episode 26 of The Board we talked about perceptions of Scrum, and in particular tackling negativity.

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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

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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

Having a blog is a very effective way to get exposure and build your brand. Your blog gives you a … Continued

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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

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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

Last Friday five of us took a couple of hours to sit down and play The Kanban game, which had … Continued

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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

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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

The final part of our series of posts about Agile 2013 has just gone up over on In today’s post we … Continued

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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

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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

The husband of a member of our team mentioned recently that he’s been watching The Board and thinks it’s hilarious. … Continued

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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

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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

It has been a while since we last posted an update on the progress of the Boost website. There have … Continued

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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

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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

Paul Flewelling and Kirstin Donaldson hosted Episode 6 of The Board and they covered: Scrum teams, what they are, how … Continued

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The Board, Episode 5

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The Board, Episode 4

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The Board, Episode 3

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The Board, Episode 2

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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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

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

Boost closed its doors for an all-hands two-day product development workshop, to build a new tool for teams running Agile retrospectives that we’ve named Scrummaker.

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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

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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

Every Friday we run free workshops about Agile development here at the Boost offices in Wellington. To find out more, … Continued

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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

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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

In a recent post I discussed the question “Are user stories the same as use cases?”. This is a question … Continued

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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

Driving home for Christmas, I listened to the audiobook version of Tina Fey’s Bossypants.* Listening to her read the chapter … Continued

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Scrum, a beginners experience

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

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My First Sprint (with Scrum)

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Pair programming: When and why

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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

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

[Here’s the tl;dr version of this blog post. Every Friday we run free workshops about Agile development here at the … Continued

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Scrum in 10 Minutes

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

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

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

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10 Great Scrum and Agile Practitioners on Twitter

Image 0648 full 2x 343x257 – the UK Government releases an agile prototype for a single government website

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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

As far as civil defence goes, we have always maintained a high level of preparedness, our bright yellow plastic water … Continued

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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

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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

Content. It’s the red-headed stepchild of any website project. The thing that 9 times out of 10 blows the time-line … Continued

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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

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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

When we release a SaaS web application, such as IntuitionHQ, it’s inevitable that there will be two parts that make … Continued

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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

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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

I recently found squirrel, and I wanted to use it for a project we’re working on to simplify some complex … Continued

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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

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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

On the 25th of February ’09 I did a brief JRuby presentation on JRuby and how we’re using it at … Continued

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