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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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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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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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Using Agile To Scale Agile – Part 5

Keep in mind that we should be using the concept of Plan / Do / Check / Act (PDCA) through out our agile transformation so that as we complete small iterations of transformation, we may evaluate our plans based on better knowledge and improve them as we go… this is at the heart of being agile.

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Using Agile To Scale Agile – Part 4

Don’t be tempted to select pilot projects that are off the radar and of little importance. You are just inviting those fearful of change to sabotage your efforts because the cost is low to them and the organizations.

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Using Agile to Scale Agile – Part 3

In my opinion keeping things simple, attacking small slices of the organizations and having embedded in the culture the idea of continuous improvement will help to ensure success in your agile transformation efforts.

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Using Agile to Scale Agile – Part 2

“Why use Agile to Scale Agile?” Agile approaches shine when dealing with complex, highly dynamic problem spaces…And transforming an organization is just that!

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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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