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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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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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To Sprint Zero or Not

 Recently I have been seeing posts on a few forums about the concept of using a Sprint zero in Scrum or stabilizaiton sprints.  Too often, the response from the mighty CSTs on high is “that’s not Scrum”  This response makes me think of one of my favorite lines from the 1983 film Trading Places with […]

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10 Years of Agile

Alistair Cockburn has been organizing a 10 years since the agile manifesto event in Snowbird this coming weekend.  A majority of the discussion is anticipated to revolve around three questions @  http://10yearsagile.org/join-the-dialog (copied below): What problems in software or product development have we solved (and therefore should not simply keep re-solving)? What problems are fundamentally […]

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Making Distributed Agile Teams “Work”

First we have to ask ourselves “What is our definition of  making distributed teams work?”.  I have managed and coach distributed agile teams that “make it work” however they understand that the level of effectiveness will not be the same as a co-located team and some of them learned that painfully. Unfortunately, all too often […]

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The Elephant In The Room – Part III – Tools and Tips for Addressing or Removing

My last post in this series “The Elephant In The Room – Part II” I discussed why this type of impediment is tolerated in many organizations.  I also explored how understanding  the context and motivation behind a team member’s poor performance can change other team members’ perceptions of it.  I discussed the importance of not labeling […]

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Using Agile To Scale Agile – Part 1

Ok, so you have either been experimenting with Agile and have had solid success or your leadership has read about or heard from their peers that this Agile thing is worth taking a look at. Regardless there is considerable overlap between these two situations. Let us go with the scenario where we have had several […]

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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