Category Archives: Agile Teams

The Team-Centered Organization

It took us a long time to make the move to hybrid vehicles, and even longer to electric powered. For decades, the major automobile manufacturers seemed to be ok with the existing state of affairs. Some accused them (and the … Continue reading

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Agile Management: Avoid the “Pretty Swans vs. Ugly Ducklings” Dichotomy

I usually come across two classes of workitems in agile projects as I train, consult and coach clients at VersionOne. Class A workitems: Customer-driven or user-driven  stories, features, epics, business initiatives Class B workitems: By definition, everything else.  Several examples … Continue reading

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Missing Scrum Value: Accountability

Guest post by Manny Segarra, Warrior ScrumMaster at Truven Health Analytics How can WE all go forward if YOU won’t come? Finger pointing, blame game, and throwing people under the bus are classic strategies for self-preservation. It’s just easier to shed … Continue reading

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The Role of Functional Managers in Agile: From Tactical to Strategic

Guest post by Sally Elatta of Agile Transformation, Inc. The Management Challenge It’s well known that most managers are promoted to higher positions because of their specialized skills and their ability to solve problems well. Basically they were high-performing individual … Continue reading

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From Appaloosa to Agile: What is Your Agile Team’s Pattern?

What’s the Story? It sounded like thunder!  As I looked toward the field, a group of horses came running from behind the barn at what seemed like 100 miles per hour.  They had their necks outstretched, legs reaching as far … Continue reading

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Why I Love Scrum

Gonna keep this short and sweet… I’ve been practicing Scrum for about 7 years now. And in my experience, it just flat out works. It’s simple, fun, and it brings people together, which is something that can be hard to … 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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Why Affinity Estimation?

Guest post by Max Woolf, software developer at Box UK Software development practices are improving every hour of every day. Open source software continues to grow exponentially, with companies like GitHub posting explosive growth figures over the past year. Full-stack … Continue reading

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Agile Mind-sets: The Power of an Analogy

Guest post by Fred Pernet and Roly Stimson of Emergn Never underestimate the power of an analogy. Scientists increasingly think it is central to pretty much all thought, but particularly innovative thinking, where we are moving into new conceptual landscapes and … Continue reading

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“If you do that, you’re NOT

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