Author Archives: Mike McLaughlin

The Agile Coach on Production Support

One of the biggest struggles I’ve seen in organizations adopting Agile is in the area of Production Support. Every organization that has a product to support has to manage this. It’s a critical part of the business. There’s a lot … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Failure

They say the best way to learn is sometimes through failure. I couldn’t agree more. Now you may be thinking, “Yeah, that sounds nice, but my boss doesn’t like failure. And I don’t like getting called on the carpet. The culture … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Courage

The Scrum team’s way of working is based upon the values of Focus, Openness, Commitment, Respect (for self and others) and Courage. For this blog post, I’m going to dive into that last value a bit more because I think it often … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Enterprise Agile

I recently spent a full day at a Fortune 500 company consulting their Agile Center of Excellence and later presenting to a larger group of Executives. I actively listened to what they told me about their organization, their successes and struggles … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Identity

I am a Java Programmer. I am a User Experience Designer. I am a Quality Assurance Analyst. I am a Business Systems Analyst. I am a Technical Writer. I am a Data Analyst. I am Project Manager. Moreover, I am a … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Approach and Fitness

I’m a big Kansas City Chiefs football fan, born and raised. This is a bit sad to admit, but my mood for the week is largely dependent upon whether we won or lost on game day. So you can imagine … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Phone Zombies

 Image credit: MiYung Youn I lovingly refer to people in my own personal clan that spend way too much time on their smart phones as ‘Phone Zombies’. They seem ‘severed’ from the real world directly in front of them. Texting, … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Pitfalls of Product Ownership

I’ve seen many great Product Owners in my Agile experiences. And here’s what makes them so… They’re available. They enjoy collaborating with the team. They have a clear picture of what’s important to the customer. They have good rapport with stakeholders. They’re solid negotiators. They … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on ‘Individuals and interactions over processes and tools’

It’s one seemingly simple word repeated four times in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development http://www.agilemanifesto.org Over Experience has shown me that some folks overlook the meaning of this word, sometimes leading to a fundamental misunderstanding of the entire Agile Manifesto. … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Patience

If you’ve found yourself in an airport recently, your patience has probably been put to the test. Satellite parking, riding the shuttle bus, checking bags, TSA security, flight delays, gate changes. Once you manage to get on the plane, it … Continue reading

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