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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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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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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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Scrum Master as a Secondary Role

Recently I’ve been seeing even more discussions on forums about members of the dev team taking on the Scrum Master (SM) role.  I’m beginning to wonder if the traditional resource managers are creeping their way in to staffing teams.  If you don’t understand the role and the value it can bring to a team it’s […]

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Is Transparency The Key Enabler of Agile?

Transparency IMO is perhaps the key enabler of Agile. It is at the foundation of building trust, the emergent nature of design and the ability to have effective inspect and adapt cycles. I recently experienced a breakthrough with a client that was experiencing discord between the Product Owners (POs) and the Chief Product Owner (CPO) […]

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Does ‘Who Makes a Good ScrumMaster’ Have Much To Do With Their Current or Past Role?

Recently I’ve read a few blog posts and forum posts discussing, ‘what role do the best ScrumMasters come from?’ One post in particular suggested that perhaps Technical Leads are the best candidates because they have deep knowledge of the technical domain in which the team is working. In my experience, unless they are already seasoned […]

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Thoughts from the LSSC 2012 Conference – Boston, MA

I just recently returned from LSSC 2012 conference in Boston, MA.  Besides getting my iPhone stolen, it was a great conference.  The keynote speakers were both thought provoking and entertaining.  I especially enjoyed the fact that the presentations demonstrated interdisciplinary thinking.  There was a good balance of reports on the continued successful application of Kanban […]

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Integrating UX into Agile Initiatives

I frequently get asked about how to best integrate UX / UI teams into Agile initiatives, to have them work in a more iterative, incremental manner.  It is frequently reported from UX folks coming from a more sequential development environment that Agile compromises their creativity and their ability to provide a more well thought out […]

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Agile 2011 Reflections and Observations

Agile 2011 – Salt Lake City was a great event. I enjoyed delivering my presentation on Continuous Improvement. I had over 100 attendees and based on the feedback I received, folks got value for their time and some even had some ah-ha moments! It’s always a good sign as a speaker when only 2 people […]

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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