Category Archives: Lean

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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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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Self-Assessing How Agile You Are

A guest post from Ben Linders’ blog: Sharing My Experience. Ben is a Quality, Agile, Lean & Process Improvement expert, co-author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, and editor @InfoQ. Do your teams want to know how agile they are? And … Continue reading

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Cure Your Agile Planning and Analysis Blues: Top 9 Pain Points

Guest post by Ellen Gottesdiener, Founder and President of EBG Consulting If you’re on a team that’s transitioning to lean/agile, have you experienced troubling truths, baffling barriers, and veritable vexations around planning and analysis? We work with many lean/agile teams, … Continue reading

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Agile Metrics: Measuring Process Value

One of the things I emphasize in my executive engagements is the need to focus on measuring results rather than expectations, since expectations tend to focus more on operational adherence rather than value delivery. Couched within this conversation is the … 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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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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Why I Love the Boards We Use In Agile Software Development

I know this is going to sound weird, but I have an affinity for the boards we use in Agile Software Development (or Agile Project Management). I’m using the generic term board, but you may refer to them as Storyboards, … 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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