Category Archives: Scrum Software

Overcoming Internal Resistance to Agile Development

This advice comes with a disclaimer… I am a warrior, so my message will be harsh. Resistance to agile development is futile. I say this to show the ‘Trekkie’ in me and to set the framework for destroying resistance to … Continue reading

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Fred’s Foot: A Lesson in Managing Team Conflict – Part 2

The team had been locked in a room for 8 hours with long-time respected teammate, Fred, who now had a horrifying funk emanating from his body that made nose hairs curl. How did I handle the situation? Dutifully and reluctantly, … Continue reading

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Learning Your Agile Scales – Part 1

Recently, we looked at how a jazz combo is a great metaphor for the interactions and exchanges that make up a great small team.  The question then comes to mind, “surely, isn’t there more to it than that?”  The answer … Continue reading

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Part 2 of 2: Agile Adoption – No Pain No Gain

In my first post I said that agile adoption reminds me of my personal experience in competitive sports. The pain was so intense at times, it left me physically and emotionally spent. But with a bit of determination, the gain … Continue reading

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Part 1 of 2: Agile Adoption – No Pain No Gain

I love sports and any chance I get to relate it to what I do for living, I get pretty jazzed!  So, hang with me on this… I hope this either reinforces what you already know about agile development or … Continue reading

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Pondering the Agile “Don’t Know” Methodology

If you haven’t already heard the buzz, the State of Agile Development Survey 2011 is now out and it is packed full with some great information.   The survey is a helpful resource to quantify what people are doing and the … Continue reading

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A Musical Approach to Agile Development Teams – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this post I explained why it’s important for agile development teams to have distinct specialties – very similar to the way a jazz combo works together to create beautiful music. In this post I’ll continue my … Continue reading

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Part 2 of 2: Kanban vs Scrum Myths & Hype

In the first part of this post we established a context about Kanban as an agile software tool (not to be confused with the manufacturing term, kanban).  I also explored some of the key myths and hype behind Kanban vs … Continue reading

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But Scrum

Most of us have heard of the term ‘Scrum but’ – it refers to agile teams that are trying Scrum processes but are having some challenges. For example, a group that is exhibiting ‘Scrum but’ might say something like ‘We … Continue reading

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Falling into the How Trap

Yesterday I talked a little about how companies focus too much on process… how they are doing their work… rather than the actual business outcomes they are trying to deliver. This is a really big problem that impacts all levels … Continue reading

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