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That’s NOT Agile Coaching

I was recently reading an article on “Maintaining a sustainable agile transformation” that listed what it referred to as the “biggest  challenges organizations face during an agile transformation”. One of these challenges that I found interesting was described as “Coaching becoming and end in itself”.  While I agree with the intent of the challenge, it identifies a […]

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Are you an effective Agile Executive?

You are an executive in your organization’s Product or Engineering function. Your Agile PMO or Agile Coaches have established a tailored agile planning approach modeled after proven practices and common sense around human behavior and change management. The key ceremonies of the planning approach from high level to individual sprint team level are well established […]

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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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Being Comfortable In An Enabling Role

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winniing. – Lao Tzu As project and program managers transition to Lean-Agile product development, it is common for them to grasp for the perceived ‘control’ they […]

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Is Lack of Role Clarity Affecting Your Organizations Predictability?

Recently I transitioned from being a Lean-Agile Coach / Consultant, working with many clients, to now being a Lead Agile Program Manager for one company.  It’s nice to be off the road after 4 years of travel.  I’m also enjoying the perspective that you only get being part of a team / company, once you […]

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Distributed Teams are OK Because We Have Great Collaboration Technology…Right?

Not in my experience if it is how a company is rationalizing having distributed teams (a single team with members in multiple geographical locations).  Don’t get me wrong, it’s great if your company has great communication solutions that aid collaboration but they just shouldn’t define process or organizational and team design. The people’s needs and […]

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Agiles 2011 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Agile Growth in Latin American

I write this on my return journey home from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Speaking at the Agiles 2011. This is the fourth annual Agiles Conference. The organizers should be commended as the conference has improved each year according to attendees including Katia Sullivan who has attended since the first instance and was the advocate within […]

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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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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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Observations for 2011 – The Year of Trust in Agile Organizations

If Agile is to continue to scale in organizations, I see this at being the year of organizational leadership needing to internalize what Agile means in terms of change in their organizations. They need to internalize and act upon the importance of “trust” in driving change and pushing decision making down into organizations, a key […]

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