Category Archives: Agile Management

Boulders to Gravel: Techniques for Decomposing User Stories

I’d like to open by acknowledging that user stories should be the start of a conversation. At some point that discussion should result in a confirmation of what is to be delivered. Teams and individuals new to agile commonly struggle … Continue reading

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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

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Be an Agile Scholar

“If you do that, you’re NOT

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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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What’s So Special About Agile?

Admit it.  You enjoy telling people that you’re an Agile “practitioner”, “coach”, or “evangelist”. It’s OK – I do too. I also enjoy reading a well-researched article in, say, the Harvard Business Review or the Wall Street Journal that validates … Continue reading

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Is Your Sprint Pipeline Running Well?

Most agile teams, when starting out new on their agile transformation road, conduct all sprint related activities in the same timebox, i.e., sprint planning, sprint execution, sprint review and sprint retrospective.  This is illustrated in Figure 1, where each sprint … 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 Missing Agile Value

This post was originally published on ItemsOnTheLeft.com. Author Carol Dweck has completely changed the way I approach the world. I’m a smart guy. I’m no genius but I’m pretty smart. Through most of my life, I’ve been able to get … Continue reading

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Organizational Learning Always Precedes Agile Maturity

I’ve become increasingly convinced that a lack of learning is one of the largest inhibitors of agile transformation results.  One can argue that we are at, or nearing, the end of the knowledge era.  Knowledge is ubiquitous.  Simple possession of … 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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