Recent Posts

  • Ep08: Team Roles – Engagement Management

    In this episode we will discuss engagement management and the vital importance - if done well - of this role for successful delivery. We will dispel the myth that account management and client servicing is just about ‘saying yes’ and ‘wine and dine’. We will explain why ‘thick skin’ and empathy helps with the role, and that the most important skills an engagement manager can have are to be relaxed in the face of pressure and the ability quickly switch context.

  • Ep07: TL;DR: User Story Writing

    Everyone has heard of User Stories, most delivery teams use them, most business analysts or product owners write them, but often we are not writing them well.

  • Ep06: Team Roles – User Experience-, Visual- and Service-Design

    In this episode we will touch on the importance of placing the user at the centre of things and in this context will explain the differences between service design (the overall end to end including the organisational view), user experience design (how user interact at the various touch points), user interface design (the design of an interface provided at a specific touchpoint).

  • Ep05: Team Roles – Business Analyst / Product Owner

    In this episode we are talking to our colleague Swathi Poddar about the role of the Business Analyst and Product Owner: what value these roles add, what excellence looks like, how one can get into these roles, what people in these roles 'do' and how they work with clients and the rest of the team. Expect exciting insights on how to resource your teams even better.

  • Ep04: Team Roles – Team Composition

    In this Episode we start our series on team roles. We introduce each role and set the scene for subsequent episodes in which we will invite craftswomen and men skilled in the various roles to discuss raison d'être, what good looks like, value that role adds and, in fact, what that roes 'does'. Expect insightful discussions with some of the industry's top talent from all over the world.

  • Ep03: Offshoring and Distributed Teams

    In this Episode we are chatting about the benefits and challenges of Offshoring and Distributed teams with our colleague Swathi Poddar. Expect an exciting discussion form Bangalore, India, where we'll address why we would want to work with distributed teams, and what makes them fail or succeed.

  • Ep02: Values Alignment

    In this Episode we chat about Values. Values that we as individuals, as supplier and clients hold, and why it is important that we are mindful of such values. We discuss what happens when values are misaligned and propose ways on how to align them. Because we both know from experience: When values are misaligned, bad things will happen!

  • Ep01: What is Agile?

    In this Episode with provide a high level view on what Agile is. We touch on mindset, process and techniques. We dispel the myth of Agile being a silver bullet that can solve all software delivery problems, discuss whether Agile is always right and provide some early insight into how to apply Agile successfully.

  • Ep00: Introducing The Burn

    Introducing The Burn Up: a podcast about all things Agile and Software Delivery. In this very first podcast we set the scene, talk about what The Burn Up is all about, who it is for, and what listeners can expect. In The Burn Up we will share our experiences, introduce interesting concepts and techniques, dispel myth and challenge common assumptions. This is our way of providing inspiration and guidance to practitioners - clients and suppliers - involved in software design and delivery and ultimately make software delivery more enjoyable and successful.