Racing the Sun

Charity fundraisers and events are an excellent way to get colleagues working together and gelling as a team, and after the success of last year’s 40 mile ‘Plod’ across the Cotswolds, this year myself and seven other  f̶o̶o̶l̶i̶s̶h̶ brave volunteers took on the Race the Sun Brecon Beacons challenge, a bizarre triathlon-like event comprised of 47 miles of cycling, an 8 mile hike to the summit of Pen y Fan, and a canoe around the Pontsticill reservoir. The cause was a good one – Action Medical Research, a charity funding research into rare and lethal diseases affecting infants.  The fundraising had been tricky – we’d organized a few events here and there – and each managed to contribute a good amount under our own steam. Operating as two teams of four, we’d all done our bit to gather contributions where we could, knowing that it wouldn’t be over until the last team member had crossed the line, we’d each put effort into training in our own way too. Still, as we left work on Friday 27th June and headed for Brecon I think many of us were wondering if we’d perhaps underestimated the challenge ahead.

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Agile Product Ownership In a Nutshell by Henrik Kniberg

A fantastic high level summary of how work is defined, prioritised and delivered in an agile environment to deliver value to stakeholders.  This is only a 15 minute video but the content and visual examples given are excellent.  A must for anyone new to agile or for those wanting a refresher.

Things this video will help you understand:

  • What a backlog is and how to manage it
  • Underststanding the difference between story size and value and using this to prioritise
  • Learning to say no (and why)
  • The importance of communication
  • Being able to forcast how long things may take to deliver based on previous experience
  • The importance of frequent delivery of value for the feedback loop and prioritisation of the next most important thing
  • Managing risk in agile
  • The customer value curve and the fact that knowledge is value