From post it to prototype - Agile Tour 2018

Last week Sarah and I were honoured to run a workshop at Agile Tour. Our workshop posed the challenge to attendees to go “From post it to prototype in 90 min”. Could we go through Discovery and Alpha, from problem statement to paper prototype, including introducing a product delivery framework, a simulated scenario and a toolkit of techniques to use.

Should we turn around?

Should we turn around?

There is a common trend for teams to push ahead with partially completed work, irrespective if it no longer aligns to our goals. It feels counter intuitive to halt this work, but if done in a conscious and informed manner, I encourage teams to have the brave and open conversation about whether they are still aligned to their goals.

Pragmateam OKRs - 2nd Iteration

Pragmateam OKRs - 2nd Iteration

At our recent PragmaOffsite we took the time to revisit our 12 month old OKRs. While these OKRs have served us well, we felt it was time to evolve them further, allowing them to reflect our next horizon; balancing the growth of Pragmateam (now across multiple clients, cities and countries), while also nurturing our culture.

Nurturing Culture, Distributed Growth - October Offsite

Nurturing Culture, Distributed Growth - October Offsite

Every two months we come together again as a team for our PragmaOffsite. Given our recent growth, now 26 Pragmatists, across 4 clients and 2 cities, the challenge we set ourselves to address at the offsite was:

How do we maintain our culture and close connection to each other while we continue to grow, irrespective of where our team mates are located or which client they are partnering with?

Pragmateam 3rd Birthday

Pragmateam 3rd Birthday

September 10th was Pragmateam’s 3rd Birthday, and as tradition has it, we gathered in Centennial park with our families to celebrate.

This day marked 3 years since we registered our business name, 3 years since Juliano and I stepped out of the corporate world and started our own micro world, a world based on the foundations of our values: Pragmatic | Delivery | Outcomes | Empathy | Behaviours.

#PragmaThanks

#PragmaThanks

Mid 2016 we found that people were regularly bringing this objective to life, whether it be experimenting with new techniques, organising a learning lunch, presenting at meetups, all with a positive impact on the rest of the team. But we were lacking a way to naturally yet formally thank, reward and recognise each other.

Maintaining Our Culture

Maintaining Our Culture

The “team” in Pragmateam is critical to us and our culture. We are a collective of like-minded practitioners who are all inquisitive, continually looking to experiment and learn. And we acknowledge that working together as a team will get better results for us personally, our clients and their customers.

2 Years In - Our Observations

2 Years In - Our Observations

September marked the 2 year anniversary of Pragmateam. It felt timely to reflect.

While I wouldn’t say every day over the last 2 years has been smooth sailing (we would be bored, unhappy and missing a lot of great lessons for life if it were), as company directors there are a few key principles Juliano and I have subconsciously adopted which I believe have assisted us to stay on course.