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

Choosing clients helps you deliver on your vision and values, keep work in your sweet spot, build win-win relationships and create lasting partnerships.

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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

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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

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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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

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

We were thinking about what topic to cover next on the blog. Why not ask the readers, we thought. So let us know what you want to read about.

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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

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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

Learn how to build a shared project vision by creating a press release for your Agile project, and get a Press Release Template to follow.

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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

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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

Retrospectives – regular meetings where the team reflects on and reviews its practices, tuning and adjusting accordingly – are one … Continued

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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

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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

Taylor’s flatmate wanted a different meeting space for the Railsn00bs October meet-up, so Taylor put forward Boost’s office for the gathering and … Continued

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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’

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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

Some very interesting stats. It just seems obvious to go Mobile first with your websites these days. Also I stumbled … Continued

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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

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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

Executive coach Marshall Goldsmith presents a tip that will help your prioritise your true goals consistently. Check out Nathan’s blog post … Continued

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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

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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

In Episode 37 of The Board, we talk about: Product Discovery Workshops Different approaches to achieve the best results   … Continued

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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

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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

Recently I have been using the “calc()” css property to add more precision to the fluid layouts I’m working on. … Continued

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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

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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

In most cases your first idea will not be your best idea. In order to illustrate this concept we recently did an … Continued

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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

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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?

All the way from Poland and after a stint with NZ Customs, the Lego blocks we ordered a while ago … Continued

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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

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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

During episode 18 of The Board we talked about how we are putting our learnings from Lynne Cazaly’s ‘Thinking Visually’ … Continued

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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

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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

Part three 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 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

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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

Our Managing Director, Nathan, recently attended a workshop called Think Visual at the Agile Australia conference in Sydney. Think Visual … Continued

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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

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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

On episode 12 of The Board we talked about maintaining flow in sprints. why flow is important the effect on the … Continued

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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

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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

During our 3rd episode of The Board we talked about: responding to change over following a plan the removal of … Continued

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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

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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

We’ve run several Certified Scrum Master (CSM) courses at our office in Wellington in the past year and we’re thinking of … 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 Website progress

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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

Halloween at the Boost office was celebrated with an office wide costume day. Among some of the more familiar figures … Continued

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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

On Wednesday we held our second Scrunch meet-up at our Wellington office. 8 Scrum Masters attended and spent a productive hour covering a … Continued

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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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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

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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)

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

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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

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

If you like tables and percentages, you’re in luck: two chewy releases in the past couple of weeks are going … Continued

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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

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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

Learn how you can use user stories (and other tactics) to engage stakeholders in an Agile project.

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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

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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

This is the first entry in a semi-regular series sharing things that we’ve been looking at and reading recently … … Continued

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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

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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

We’ve been using Kanban for a few weeks now on some projects, taking over from Scrum where appropriate. We’ve used … Continued

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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?

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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

Here at Boost we lovingly handcraft our HTML and CSS when implementing our designs. We use text editors rather than … Continued

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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

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JRuby presentation for WellRailed

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