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Agile for the Knowledge Age

One of the greatest ironies in business today is found in our management practices.  Recruitment is estimated to cost nearly 150% of the first year’s salary for the new hire.  This comes as no surprise, since companies want the best … Continue reading

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How to Show Your Value

A new ScrumMaster wanted to know what to do with a 20 point story that wasn’t complete at the end of an iteration. I explained to her that the story and its points move to the next iteration, but she … Continue reading

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From Agile Pathologies to Agile Health

In my agile-lean coaching, training, and consulting engagements, I often come across software development teams and projects that claim to follow an agile development methodology, usually Scrum.  When I dig deeper, I often find that many of those team are … Continue reading

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People Are Humans Too!

Huh? What kind of title is that? Good question I wanted to take some time to remind those at the top that they aren’t standing on the people on the bottom, they are held up by the people on the … Continue reading

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Reject the Tyranny of Metrics

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one team to dissolve the bondage to metrics and stretch goals, and to begin to develop software at a sustainable pace, a decent respect to the opinions of their coworkers  … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences of Good Intentions

Have you ever sat back and wandered about unintended consequences of good intentions. There are a lot of real life examples, but two I’ve reflected on lately are: In the late 90′s we saw a push to increase home ownership, … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Like the User Story Templates

Ok, so you’ve all heard about The Story Template.  In Mike Cohn’s excellent book User Stories Applied he identifies a format that will help teams learn how to better create stories. I want to point out at the beginning that I really … Continue reading

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Where Art Thou Product Owner?

Many moons ago before my agile conversion, while still toiling as a project manager for a large bank, I wanted to purchase my team pizza to celebrate a milestone. To get roughly $200 in pizza, soda, salad and cookies approved … Continue reading

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Forecast Says: Your Forecast is History

You may have a well-articulated, strategic roadmap BUT how, when and what value you deliver against that roadmap can fluctuate. A benefit of iterative delivery and deliberate learning cycles is that product teams can tweak or radically change output based … Continue reading

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Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe): Worth Looking Into?

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the concept of enterprise agile and how the heck to do it. Agile development roots point to a very team-centric concept. And its success has piqued interest from other teams, other business units, … Continue reading

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