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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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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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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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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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Reflections on LSSC Conference 2011 – Long Beach, CA

The LSSC continues to be a very open and passionate group about educating folks about Lean principles and practices and Kanban.  I find this group to have many more folks that think in terms of Adaptive Systems Thinking and taking an inter-disciplinary approach when approaching software and systems development than in the purist Agile Communities. Quite […]

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The Elephant In The Room – Part III – Tools and Techniques

Enabling teams to better build understanding, open communication and trust is the lubrication that makes the human machines in a knowledge worker factory inter-operate smoothly. Without it gears grind, there are blow ups, and meltdowns, all of which result in highly ineffective and inefficient operations. It has been said in many fields of endeavor, including agile […]

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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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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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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