Hamish King

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Hamish King

Thoughts and ideas from a consultant trying to improve the enterprise through better lean/agile principles, sensible design and pragmatic solutions.


20 Questions for Scrum Master Interviews

List of questions for SM interviews After doing lots of scrum master and agile coaching interviews over the last few months, I've put together a list of common questions that we've been asking candidates to elicit their experience and knowledge of the mindset. By no means the best or most complete set but has been useful so far. Retro: Th…

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8 tips for Delivering Leading SAFe

I wanted to get down on paper (blog-paper?) some lessons and tips from running this session 10+ times in the last 6 months to ~250+ people in 4 different global regions. Start early! It's a lot of content to get through; which is a common complain of the SAFe material in general, so an early 8am works best! The early start provides enoug…

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Lessons from running a PI Planning

After taking a lead role in several previous PI Plannings I thought Prep, prep and more prep PI Planning is all about alignment. Alignment to the vision, alignment within the teams, across the teams and ensuring all alignment points and dependencies are identified, discussed and managed. To this end, the more preparatory work leading up…

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Business Capabilities - providing context

Objectives Define and explain what a business capability is and why the are useful Everyone has their own views and definitions based on their experience. I know very little about the marketing department and view it as one thing that does 'marketing'. This is very different from someone whos worked closely with marketing and understands…

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Adding a UI (prototype) to Model Simulations in EA

Following on from my previous post on creating and simulating state machines in Enterprise Architect (EA), I will walk through the process of adding a UI to prototype and further interactivity to your model. If you recall the previous article, I walked through the process of setting up ‘Triggers’ to run scenarios through your state machin…

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Project structure in Enterprise Architect

Getting the project structure right in EA is an important step to understanding how EA works and  makes the process of generating documentation a lot easier. Lets take a look at the standard project structure when we create a new EA project Select 'File' -> 'New Project' and enter a file name and location for your project Then select t…

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Dusting off the blog again..

It seems like a few years since I was writing this very same post but having learnt and done a lot in the last 18 months its definitely worth having another shot. Expect to see future posts on agile transformation, business architecture, operating models and anything #SAFe related. Either that or another year of blog silence!…

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2013 - a new year wishlist/checklist

As with a lot of people, I've decided to define my goals for this year in blog form and publish it as a general reminder of my failings next time round.   2012 was the year of me - largely spent travelling extensively in South America and then moving from Australia to London. 2013 the focus goes back  to work and bringing the blog ba…

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Building Ideas in Rails - thoughts from a "non-developer"

I have been hacking around for a few weeks with some web app frameworks in order to prototype a few application ideas. Now I'm not a developer by trade, I consider myself to be a ‘technical’ BA (see my earlier post on business analysts) and I’m always interested in learning new technologies. With this in mind, I started playing around wit…

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Updated blog and Axure content

It has been quite some time since I have posted an update – has been a very busy few months out at a new client. Faced with some down time during the holiday season and two weeks to myself it was time to revamp the blog, get some hosting, a domain and update the old content. New name, new content In the spirit of revamping, I’ve renam…

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Quick Tip: Gmail 'Undo Send' and Gmail Labs

It's been a while since I last posted anything so why not start small and quickly go over this handy feature I stumbled across the other day - Gmail Labs! I use it for the extended 'Undo Send' feature but also came across a few other interesting add-ins that I thought would be useful. To get there, head into Gmail and go into 'Settings' f…

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