Category Archives: Agile Management

5 Steps to Cultivating an Agile Culture

We’ve all heard the maxim change is difficult.  The reasons that change is hard are far too numerous to discuss in a single blog posting.  My intent here is to specifically focus on organizational agile transformations and the difficulty of … Continue reading

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Avoid Failure to Launch: Kick-Start Your Next Initiative

Guest post from two Davisbase consultants:  Adam Mattis and Leslie Morse The Challenge It’s a great day:  you wake up, the sun is shining, there is no traffic on the way to work, and when you get to the office… … Continue reading

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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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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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The Three People Who Need to ‘Just Say No’

Guest post by Scott Dunn, Rocket Nine Solutions “We have too many things going on!” I hear this often from developers, product owners, even management. The problem is that we might be enabling this problem unknowingly (that does not, by the … Continue reading

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Time to Celebrate with Great Reviews!

Someone recently asked me what one thing would make any company’s Agile transformation and adoption more successful? Almost before the question left their lips, I shot back – “great reviews, company-wide great reviews!” The most mature Agile organizations I’ve seen … Continue reading

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SolutionsIQ: Automating Application Development, SAFe, and Other Takeaways from AgilePalooza Seattle

“How do we get the servers to be as responsive as our software development?” SolutionsIQ developer/coach Ben Tomasini asked this question last week at AgilePalooza in Seattle. It was just one of the many topics that he and a number … 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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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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What is DevOps, Anyway?

We just got done moderating the latest webinar in the AgileLIVE series… “The Challenges and Rewards of DevOps.” The series started last week with Damon Poole, chief agilist at Eliassen Group. Damon did a really good deep-dive into What is DevOps? … Continue reading

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