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That’s NOT Agile Coaching

I was recently reading an article on “Maintaining a sustainable agile transformation” that listed what it referred to as the “biggest  challenges organizations face during an agile transformation”. One of these challenges that I found interesting was described as “Coaching becoming and end in itself”.  While I agree with the intent of the challenge, it identifies a […]

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Are you an effective Agile Executive?

You are an executive in your organization’s Product or Engineering function. Your Agile PMO or Agile Coaches have established a tailored agile planning approach modeled after proven practices and common sense around human behavior and change management. The key ceremonies of the planning approach from high level to individual sprint team level are well established […]

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“Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining”

If you’re involved with a team as a coach or consultant, there is a great line from a Clint Eastwood film that you should remember. “…don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.” Extra credit if you know the movie 🙂 Point is, while language targeted to your audience can aid in the […]

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Being Comfortable In An Enabling Role

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winniing. – Lao Tzu As project and program managers transition to Lean-Agile product development, it is common for them to grasp for the perceived ‘control’ they […]

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Is Lack of Role Clarity Affecting Your Organizations Predictability?

Recently I transitioned from being a Lean-Agile Coach / Consultant, working with many clients, to now being a Lead Agile Program Manager for one company.  It’s nice to be off the road after 4 years of travel.  I’m also enjoying the perspective that you only get being part of a team / company, once you […]

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To Estimate or Not? To Track or Not? – Those Are The Questions!

I continue to see discussions on Agile and Lean forums about whether it is good to track this or estimate that.  The answers are like most things with Agile and Lean, they are contextual, but consider the following. In Lean-Agile there are really 3 types of costs; value add, transactional and coordination. Value-add costs create […]

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Preparing the soil for the seeds of Lean-Agile Transformation

I recently attended a workshop in Washington D.C. to get licensed to teach the “Drive Workshop” based on Dan Pink’s book “Drive”.  I had already been a big fan of Dan’s ability to synthesize meaningful patterns and actionable steps out of the research and application of what social, behavioral and brain scientists have been uncovering […]

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Distributed Teams are OK Because We Have Great Collaboration Technology…Right?

Not in my experience if it is how a company is rationalizing having distributed teams (a single team with members in multiple geographical locations).  Don’t get me wrong, it’s great if your company has great communication solutions that aid collaboration but they just shouldn’t define process or organizational and team design. The people’s needs and […]

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How Long Should a Retrospective be for a Sprint?

The short-short answer is it depends on the length of the sprint.  For discussion purposes I’m going to frame the topic to a one to two week sprint. Generally, for one week cadence teams, I find it is more effective to have the ceremonious retrospective every other week just so that the sample size of […]

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Got Agile Success? – Got Teams That Trust?

I was reading some posts on the Scrum Alliance LinkedIn group as I usually do and I read another thread on a person asking for help with trying to figure out the right balance between stories and more detailed specifications in their Scrum software development efforts.  The advice given ranged from zealots bashing the person […]

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Lean-Agile Leadership - Exploring the Creation of Fertile Environments and Culture for Lean-Agile Software Development

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Lean-Agile Leadership - Exploring the Creation of Fertile Environments and Culture for Lean-Agile Software Development

The Agile Horizon

Lean-Agile Leadership - Exploring the Creation of Fertile Environments and Culture for Lean-Agile Software Development