Category Archives: Agile Teams

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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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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VersionOne – An Idea Worth Making Simple

Guest post by Michael Swansegar “What’s the most resilient parasite?  An IDEA.   A single idea from the human mind, can build cities. An idea, can transform the world, and rewrite all the rules…which is why, I have to steal … 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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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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Scope Creep. It’s What’s for Dinner.

Once upon a time there was a whiny Product Owner, two Team Leads, a Dev Director, an executive, and only 2 days to go in the sprint. Enter the unplanned feature. The villainous Scope Creep we all know and hate. But … Continue reading

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Retrospectives Might Be a Waste of Time If…

Retrospective:  looking back on or dealing with past events or situations.   In projects, it is a meeting to discuss what was successful, what could be improved, and how to incorporate successes and improvements into future initiatives.  In Scrum, the purpose … Continue reading

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Education Led Transformation

Guest post from Alex Adamopoulos, founder/CEO of Emergn Limited In the 1960s the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) developed the 70/20/10 model, a model that demonstrated how people learn best when it comes to doing their jobs. The study showed that … Continue reading

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