Tag Archives: Agile

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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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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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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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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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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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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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