Author Archives: Michael DePaoli

Using Agile To Scale Agile – Part 4

In my last post, part 3 of Using Agile To Scale Agile, I laid out an example of what an Agile Transformation Release Plan might look like for our mythical organization.  In part 4 we’re going to dive into the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 occasionally enjoy getting to autocross or driving on race tracks. The basic knowledge of … Continue reading

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Using Agile to Scale Agile – Part 3

In my last post in this series, Using Agile to Scale Agile, we generated an initial Agile Transformation Backlog by doing a gap analysis of where our organization is today vs. where we envision it to be on the other … Continue reading

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Using Agile to Scale Agile – Part 2

In my first post in this series, I set the stage for using agile to scale agile development within an organization.  In this post we’ll explore at a high level how we get started using agile to scale agile, and … Continue reading

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The Elephant In The Room, Part III

My last post in this series, The Elephant In The Room – Part II, discussed why this type of impediment is tolerated in many agile development organizations.  I also explored how understanding the context and motivation behind a team member’s … Continue reading

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Using Agile To Scale Agile – Part 1

Ok, so you have either been experimenting with agile software development and have had solid success, or your leadership has read about or heard from their peers that this agile thing is worth taking a look at. Regardless there is … Continue reading

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Dealing With The Elephant Impedement In The Room

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 … Continue reading

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Don’t Camouflage The Elephant In The Room

In my last post I began the discussion about the big Elephant Impediment in many agile development teams. Here I will continue the discussion of why we tend to have them around and also explore making sure you actually do … Continue reading

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The Big Elephant Impediment In The Room

Do you remember back in school, when you reached the level of classes where you had lab teams that were intended to work together on an assignment? Remember how that the group shared in the grade given for the deliverable? … Continue reading

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