Category Archives: Agile Project Management

Sketch Your Way to Faster Consensus and Better Products

This meeting is a waste of my time. When was the last time you had that thought? Was it because the conversation wasn’t focused, or people couldn’t agree, or maybe they were in violent agreement, but couldn’t see it? We … Continue reading

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What Kind of Agile Are You?

              As many as 94% of organizations are practicing some form of agile according to 9th annual State of Agile survey™, yet I have first-hand experience seeing countless organizations that aren’t doing agile right, … Continue reading

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Measuring What Counts: Introducing the Better, Faster, Cheaper, Happier Measurement Framework

At Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) we have been involved in many agile adoptions ranging in size from single teams to entire IT development organizations. The single biggest problem we see is organizations not understanding why they are changing the way … Continue reading

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ScrumMaster: Servant Leader or Secretary?

In Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) courses, many Scrum myths are busted. One such myth is that the ScrumMaster is somehow an administrative assistant to a development team, to a product owner or to an organization. The Scrum Guide notes that the … Continue reading

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How the Words You Use Affect Your Team

Words have a huge impact on team members affecting their work and ultimately your project, yet we often don’t put much thought into the words we use every day. Check out some of the positive and negative connotations of traditional … Continue reading

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Is Extreme Programming No Longer Relevant?

Extreme programming is no longer relevant. According to the latest annual State of Agile™ survey, less than 1% of the nearly 4,000 respondents stated that they were practicing Extreme Programming, while 94% said they were practicing agile. Could it be … Continue reading

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7 Tips We Learned About SAFe from Dean Leffingwell

SAFe is a marathon, not a sprint, and it can sometimes be fairly challenging, so who better to provide some tips than Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®). Here are seven tips I learned from the recent AgileLIVE … Continue reading

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10 Agile Books You Should Read This Summer

It’s all too easy to take it a little bit easier during the summer, so we created a list of agile books to keep you on your toes. Whether you read them at the beach on vacation or the back … Continue reading

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Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Succeed with Agile Planning Framework and Its Four Planning Objectives

In the first blog post of this series of six, I explained the need for Agile Planning Framework with its four planning levels. In this second blog post, I explain four objectives at each planning level, and how to use … Continue reading

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Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Succeed with Agile Planning Framework and its Four Planning Levels

Many people know that agile planning is different from big up-front detailed planning done in traditional or waterfall projects.  However, there are many misconceptions or only partial understandings of agile planning. In this first blog post in a series of … Continue reading

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