Category Archives: Agile Coaching

My Life as an External Agile Coach (Part 3 of 3)

Here’s the last article in a three-part series from Susan Evans. As we ring in the New Year, this post describes a day in Susan’s life as a Product and Agile Consultant for VersionOne with various client engagements, travel and … Continue reading

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My Time to Evolve as an Agile Coach (Part 2 of 3)

This article is the second in a series about Susan Evans’ journey from an internal agile coach to an external agile coach. In this part, Susan will cover how she used the agile principle of reflecting on effectiveness and adjusting accordingly … Continue reading

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99 Problems But a Coach Ain’t One (Part 1 of 3)

This article is the first of a three-part series that provides insight into what it’s like to walk a mile in an agile coach’s shoes. Susan’s journey starts as an internal coach and then evolves to her current role as … Continue reading

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Enforced Workflow is inherently NOT Agile

One of the ironies of being a technologist in the Agile world is that while we love our tools and toys, we also know that some things should be done by hand.  One of my jobs as a consultant at … Continue reading

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What is the Prerequisite of Success When Scaling Agility?

Guest post by Timofey Yevgrashyn, Ciklum Today more and more enterprises are looking into agile approaches as the answer to their needs. It doesn’t matter if a big company starts scaling agile with or without acting Scrum teams. What matters is … Continue reading

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Agile Prioritization: A Comprehensive and Customizable, Yet Simple and Practical Method

There is rarely enough time or resources to do everything.  Therefore, agile teams must use prioritization to decide which features to focus on and which lowest rank-order features could be pushed out of scope when close to the end of … Continue reading

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10 Things You Could Do When You’re Done Writing Code

So you’re two-thirds of the way through your iteration and there are no more development tasks to complete. Nice work! Understandably, your instinct is to pull another story into the iteration, but doing so has risks and disadvantages. When you … Continue reading

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Scaling Agile Your Way: Sweet Spots, Challenge and Unfit Zones for SAFe and MAXOS (Part 3 of 4)

In Part 1 of this four-part series, I explained why a cookie-cutter approach will not work as you undertake large-scale agile initiatives.  Each agile project developing a product or a solution has a unique context: assumptions, situation, team members and … Continue reading

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The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 4: Develop and Implement your customized plan for adopting healthy agile-lean practices

Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of … Continue reading

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Using Legos to Capture Raw Data For Cycle Time & Process Cycle Efficiency

Guest post from David Nicolette, agile coach at Eliassen Group Background I’m one of six technical agile coaches engaged by a large bank to support an initiative to improve software delivery performance. The IT department is an established agile software … Continue reading

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