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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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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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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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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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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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Can Agile Work If Some Of My Development is Outsourced?

I’m asked this question by folks quite often, and the short answer is yes.  There are a few key things to consider though, before challenging your agile efforts with an outsourced component. First, is your organization already competent at agile software development and agile project management?  If not, outsourcing a component of your efforts will […]

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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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