Category Archives: Agile Training

The 4-Step Action Plan for Agile Health: Step 2. Understand how to adopt healthy Agile Mindset Practices and Lean Practices

Agile development requires a cross-functional, self-organized team to deliver potentially shippable software at the end of each sprint, with analysis, design, code developing and testing activities going on concurrently (not sequentially) within each sprint.      Combining Agile/Scrum development with some of … Continue reading

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Agile Software Needs Craftsmen

So, you want to be an Agile shop.  You’ve read all kinds of cool stuff about Sprints, and WIP limits, and daily stand-up meetings.  You even think you get this crazy User Story and Planning Poker stuff.  You put together a … 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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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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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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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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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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Overcoming Information Overload in the Agile-Lean World

I recently attended Agile 2013 conference and tradeshow at Nashville, TN.  It was a great!  I always visit the “agile bookstore” at such conferences, and didn’t miss it at Agile 2013.   Most of these books in the physical bookstore … Continue reading

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Agile Killed the Project Star

As a reformed project manager (My “900 days since I built an MS Project Schedule” chip around here somewhere), with a PMP and active membership of PMI, what I am about to say is rather controversial. But, it needs to … Continue reading

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