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The Trojan Retrospective – From Crickets to Conversations

This blog is part of a series on “Agile Trojan Horses – Covert Appetizers for Agile Discovery.” This series is intended to help spark conversations that restore focus on agile fundamentals, whet the appetite to discover more about agile, and … Continue reading

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Self-Organizing Teams… Really?

“Why aren’t self-organizing teams allowed to self-organize?” This question came up in a Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) class I was in last week… To clarify, what he went on to say with more specificity was, “Why don’t we let our … Continue reading

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This Isn’t a Race!

Have you experienced problems with competition amongst team members/developers within a Sprint. A Sprint is a race, after all. Most people associate this term to mean a short dash, going as fast as you can, competing against a number of … Continue reading

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Enforced Workflow is inherently NOT Agile

One of the ironies of being a technologist in the Agile world is that while we love our tools and toys, we also know that some things should be done by hand.  One of my jobs as a consultant at … Continue reading

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The Guide on the Side

I’ve delivered quite a few training classes over the last several years, most of them in how to effectively utilize Scrum and Agile tooling in the delivery of software. And yes, I’ve relied heavily on Powerpoint decks to get my message … 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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With Me It’s All or Nuthin’

Forgive me for bringing up show tunes.  I love the old musicals. One of the true classics of American theater is the show Oklahoma.  I got to thinking about this in a very roundabout way the other day.  The song, called … Continue reading

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Agile Beyond Software: A Manifesto For All Industries

When the Agile signatories created the Manifesto, software was obviously at the core of their thinking, which makes sense as they were all building software at the time.  As it has grown in its popularity, however, Agile has gone beyond … Continue reading

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Agile Beyond Software: GM Case Study

There is an ongoing debate about whether Agile is just for software or if it can be extended to other industries.  I for one believe the Agile values and principles can be applied beyond software, but, in a recent discussion … Continue reading

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So you’re going to be a ScrumMaster?

“Well I am a PM now but they are making me a Scrum Master.” I have heard that statement countless times. Some PMs are happy about the new challenge, some aren’t and some just want to keep making those Benjamins. … Continue reading

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