Author Archives: Michael DePaoli

Agile 2011 Reflections and Observations

Agile 2011 – Salt Lake City was a great event. I enjoyed delivering my presentation on Continuous Improvement. I had over 100 attendees and based on the feedback I received, folks got value for their time and some even had … Continue reading

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Does it matter in what order a Scrum Team executes their Sprint Backlog?

Over the last few years I’ve had folks from various roles on agile teams ask me if I thought it was important if the stories in a sprint backlog were executed on in their rank order of importance, because “after … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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10 Years of Agile

Alistair Cockburn has been organizing a 10 Years of the Agile Manifesto event in Snowbird this coming weekend. A majority of the discussion is anticipated to revolve around three questions: What problems in software or product development have we solved … Continue reading

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Making Distributed Agile Teams Work

When working with distributed agile teams, first we have to ask ourselves, “What is our definition of making distributed teams work?”  I have managed and coached distributed agile teams that “make it work,” however they understand that the level of … Continue reading

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Innovation Games – Have Fun While Getting Serious Work Done

I recently attended the training program to become a Certified Facilitator for Innovation Games®. Innovation Games was born out of Luke Hohmann’s company Enthiosys, and its vision is “A world where serious games and collaborative play are naturally, effortlessly, and … Continue reading

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Specialized Resources on Cross-Functional Agile Teams

When you start with a cross-functional agile team, you have to work with what you have, but IMO, the team/organization should have a vision of what it wants to be and what it values in its people. In the last … Continue reading

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Do You Find Relative Point Estimation Difficult To Understand or Teach?

I keep seeing it posted in various places in the agile development community that story point estimation is difficult for some agile teams to grasp. As an agile coach I help people understand it by explaining that we do it … Continue reading

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In What Cases Does Agile Not Work?

I’m frequently (weekly) asked by clients I visit, “Where doesn’t an agile development approach work?” Or, they tell me an agile approach won’t work in their environment for numerous reasons. In my experience, general agile development practices are superior when … Continue reading

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Using Agile To Scale Agile – Part 5

In this post, Part 5 of Using Agile to Scale Agile, we’ll discuss agile assessment, education and coaching for our pilot project pilot team and the wider organization as part of our overall agile adoption efforts. Before addressing the stories … Continue reading

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