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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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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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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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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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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 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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Innovation Games – Have Fun While Getting Serious Work Done

The set of twelve games in the course are a powerful addition to any agilist’s tool belt.

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