Category Archives: Agile Adoption

Agile Management: Avoid the “Pretty Swans vs. Ugly Ducklings” Dichotomy

I usually come across two classes of workitems in agile projects as I train, consult and coach clients at VersionOne. Class A workitems: Customer-driven or user-driven  stories, features, epics, business initiatives Class B workitems: By definition, everything else.  Several examples … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Coaching, Agile Management, Agile Methodologies, Agile Teams, Agile Tools, Agile Training, Agile Velocity, Iterative Development | Leave a comment

5 Steps to a More Agile Organization

Guest post by Arlen Bankston of Lithespeed What keeps most organizations from true agility?  The most common cause is a lack of holism; agility exists as a development aid alone. It is practiced to the degree possible by IT groups, … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Methodologies, Agile Portfolio Management, Kanban, Lean, Scrum Methodology | Leave a comment

The Role of Functional Managers in Agile: From Tactical to Strategic

Guest post by Sally Elatta of Agile Transformation, Inc. The Management Challenge It’s well known that most managers are promoted to higher positions because of their specialized skills and their ability to solve problems well. Basically they were high-performing individual … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Coaching, Agile Management, Agile Teams | 6 Comments

Transparency in Agile Projects, Not Emperor’s Clothing

Transparency is the Fabric of Agility Apparently insecurity about expressing truth and transparency is not a new problem.  Published back in 1837 by Hans Christian Andersen, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” accurately describes a phenomenon alive and well today.  In a … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Management, Agile Project Management | 1 Comment

First Things First: Scale Agile Values and Principles

Over the past few years there’s been an interest in scaling agile to the enterprise.  The desire to scale agile seems to have intensified over the last year, in particular.  Almost without exception, every conference remotely related to software development and/or project … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Benefits, Agile Management, Enterprise Agile, Scaling Agile | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Benefits, Agile Development, Agile Management, Agile Methodologies, Agile Project Management, Agile Teams, Scrum Development, Scrum Methodology, Scrum Software, Scrum Tools, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Who Really Needs Agile Training?

This post was originally published on ItemsOnTheLeft.com. I have two young boys, both of whom play baseball. My wife and I are at the ballpark a lot. If you’ve got a ball player, you know how impossible it is to just … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Coaching, Agile Management, Agile Teams, Agile Training, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Be an Agile Scholar

“If you do that, you’re NOT

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Benefits, Agile Coaching, Agile Management, Agile Methodologies, Agile Teams, Agile Training, Enterprise Agile, Extreme Programming, Kanban, Scaling Agile, Scrum Development, Scrum Methodology | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Management, Agile Project Management, Agile Teams | 1 Comment

The Agile Checklist Manifesto

Airline pilots use a checklist to clear their planes for takeoff.  In an experiment Dr. Pronovost, a critical care specialist at John Hopkins, used the checklist strategy to attack just one common problem in the I.C.U., infections in patients with … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Adoption, Agile Development, Agile Methodologies, Agile Tools, Iterative Development, Scrum Development, Scrum Methodology, Scrum Software, Scrum Tools | 2 Comments