Author Archives: Mike Cottmeyer

Velocity in the Enterprise, Part 1

Today I thought we could take another look at team level velocity and project velocity.  More specifically… I want to explore a bit where velocity works and where it doesn’t.  I’ve talked quite a lot over the past year about … Continue reading

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Stability first… then speed!

So many folks want to flip a switch and magically become agile.  They want all the benefits without any of the hard work that comes along with really transforming the organization.  People think that just because they read a book… … Continue reading

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Managing Expectations about Uncertainty

One of the biggest differences between the  PMI crowd and the agile crowd has to do with our expectations about uncertainty. The PMI crowd generally believes that a project manager is supposed to manage uncertainty out of the project.  The … Continue reading

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Rethinking Scrum and XP

Lately we’ve been exploring the idea of moving past the specific practices of Scrum and XP and focusing more on what we are doing rather than how we are doing it.  Rather than focusing on having ScrumMasters and Product Owners, … Continue reading

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Noodling on Kanban… Part Four

Okay… time to wrap this thing up.  If you missed any of the first three ‘Noodling on Kanban’ posts… I included links at the bottom of this one… just to make it easy on you guys There is clearly much … Continue reading

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Noodling on Kanban… Part Three

Earlier today we noodled on the secret sauce… maybe even THE most important value add… of implementing a Kanban system.  Kanban gives us a very visual way of identifying and elevating the constraints in our system.  The ONLY way to … Continue reading

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Noodling on Kanban… Part Two

Okay… time for part two in my Noodling on Kanban mini-series. Yesterday we talked about the Kanban board and how it was similar, but not the same, as the Scrum task board.  We also talked about work in process limits … Continue reading

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Noodling on Kanban… Part One

For the next few posts I want to explore some of my thoughts on Kanban. Like many in the community, I started thinking more about this during the Lean/Kanban Conference down in Miami. On the heels of that conference I … Continue reading

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The Conversation Conversation

For the final cross-cutting theme in “Rethinking the Agile Enterprise”… Dennis and I are going to talk about talking. In other words we are going to explore how organizations talk to each other when delivering work. We plan to integrate … Continue reading

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The 7 Habits Conversation

Back in my late 20′s a coworker suggested I read Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Little did I know what an impact that book would have on my life. The funny thing was that my first reading … Continue reading

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