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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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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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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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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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Observations from Agile 2011 – Day 2

Agile 2011 in Salt Lake City celebrates the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Agile Manifesto.  Thus far the conference has been interesting but somewhat predictable.  Here are some observations from my experiences during the first two days of Agile 2011: It is shocking how few folks in leasdership positions seem to grasp the […]

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Hitting the Apex of Agile Transformation Turns & Twists

Ask any professional driver the key to being fast and agile on the track.  You can be sure that near or at the top of this list will be “Keep your head up and eyes looking as far forward toward the next turn as possible”. Doing this allows a driver to not only drive the optimum (fastest) […]

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The Agile Scaling Checklist

When I first read The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande it got me thinking about a checklist that could be effective and easy to use by my clients to help determine if a change they were considering making to a policy, a procedure, an organizational structure, facilities or a practice would improve their level or agility or […]

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Coaching Is Key To Winning The Race

I remember the first time I drove a car on a race track.  I was hooked, and to this day I am a motorsports fan and occassionally enjoy getting to autocross or driving on race tracks.   The basic knowledge of how to become a race car driver is not hard to learn from books […]

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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

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