Author Archives: Mike McLaughlin

My Journey From Waterfall to Agile (and Back Again)

2007 – I had been working for several years as a traditional Project & Program Manager in the .com division of a Fortune 500 company. There was a constant cloud over my head. I didn’t really enjoy my work and had … Continue reading

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The Guide on the Side

I’ve delivered quite a few training classes over the last several years, most of them in how to effectively utilize Scrum and Agile tooling in the delivery of software. And yes, I’ve relied heavily on Powerpoint decks to get my message … Continue reading

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What does it really mean to be an Agile Tester?

I was a QA Lead back in the mid 90’s for a couple of years, before any of this fancy Agile stuff really started taking off. Waterfall all the way back then; mostly manual testing, with full regression cycle at … Continue reading

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The Team-Centered Organization

It took us a long time to make the move to hybrid vehicles, and even longer to electric powered. For decades, the major automobile manufacturers seemed to be ok with the existing state of affairs. Some accused them (and the … Continue reading

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Why I Love Scrum

Gonna keep this short and sweet… I’ve been practicing Scrum for about 7 years now. And in my experience, it just flat out works. It’s simple, fun, and it brings people together, which is something that can be hard to … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Focus

To me, nothing is more frustrating than context switching (i.e. multi-tasking). It takes away from our ability to focus. As a result we’re far less productive. We often produce more bugs, and are generally more stressed out. You may have … Continue reading

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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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