Category Archives: Agile Methodologies

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

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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 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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Strengthen Your Discovery Muscle

Guest post by Mary Gorman & Ellen Gottesdiener of EBG Consulting   In a recent interview in the New York Times, Panera Bread co-CEO Ronald M. Shaich talks about the importance of de­veloping an organization’s “discovery muscle” as well as … 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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Valuable Agile Retrospectives: How to Do Them?

Guest post from Ben Linders, Netherlands-based Sr. Consultant, InfoQ editor and bilingual (Dutch & English) blogger At the end of an iteration, typically two meetings are held: The sprint review (or demo) which focuses on getting product feedback, and the … Continue reading

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SAFe and Other Frameworks for Scaling Agile: A Case Study

The following is a guest post from Brad Swanson, VP and Sr. Agile Coach at agile42 Scaling agile is one of today’s top challenges for many. I hear it from our customers all of the time. When agile and non-agile … Continue reading

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Can a Team be Scrum without Retrospectives?

Sometimes Twitter is just a bunch of crap and noise. Other times, stuff comes over that you just can’t ignore. After we published the State of Agile report, I had one of those moments. It hit me after one dude tweeted … Continue reading

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Start Being Agile Today!

Guest post from Dave Moran, founder and agile coach at Agile Guide in Portland, ME There is a difference between doing agile, which relates to adopting practices and techniques, and being agile, which relates to the mindset and behaviors we … Continue reading

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Reasons to Check Out Agile Open Northwest

Imagine entering a bazaar where all your questions are answered by experts with wide ranging perspective, beliefs and experiences. Think of being transformed by the learnings, exchanges, debates and discussions. Visualize being feeling courageous, bold and spontaneous when new topics … Continue reading

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