Category Archives: Agile Adoption

So you’re going to be a ScrumMaster?

“Well I am a PM now but they are making me a Scrum Master.” I have heard that statement countless times. Some PMs are happy about the new challenge, some aren’t and some just want to keep making those Benjamins. … Continue reading

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Why Agile Governance Matters at the Project, Program and Portfolio Levels

Guest post by Monte Montoya, cPrime For any organization attempting to migrate to – or sustain – agile processes, governance is an important consideration. This is especially true as companies grow. While small companies can likely get away with fairly … Continue reading

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It Isn’t Agile; It Is Life!

One of the things I like to start with when introducing agile development is the quick application of agile development to life. I ask the question: “Did you plan today six months ago? Did you plan getting out of bed, … Continue reading

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Changing the Mindset of Agile Teams

Guest post by Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, delivery coach, author, advisor and curator with Techwell Agile is not about practicing Scrum, XP or Kanban. It is a mindset that one needs to cultivate. It is not about doing a daily standup or … Continue reading

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Three Agile Styles

Guest post by Allan Kelly, founder of Software Strategy in the UK From time to time I feel sorry for those coming new to agile. I feel sorry because some of them expect to find agile provides a solution to … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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