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15 Useful Pacts for Agile Teams: An Agile Team Creed

The Agile Manifesto values “Individuals and Interactions” over “Process and Tools.”  I suspect it was no accident that this was listed first.  Lack of communication, miscommunication, or the mistaken presumption that communication has occurred, are the root cause of many … Continue reading

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Secret Recipe for Building Self-Organizing Teams

Guest post by Venkatesh Krishnamurthy, Advisor and Curator, Cutter, Techwell, Zephyr Some time back I noticed something odd with an agile team. Team temperature used to be 10 out of 10, and each team member expressed their happiness working on this … Continue reading

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The Role of Functional Managers in Agile: From Tactical to Strategic

Guest post by Sally Elatta of Agile Transformation, Inc. The Management Challenge It’s well known that most managers are promoted to higher positions because of their specialized skills and their ability to solve problems well. Basically they were high-performing individual … Continue reading

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Best Agile Management Blog Posts of 2013

It’s a busy week. Many of us are returning ugly sweaters from Great-Aunt Lenora, re-gifting fruit cakes, and putting away holiday decorations (DON’T be that house with a reindeer globe on the lawn in February). Just be glad you’re not … Continue reading

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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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The never ending Christmas list

It’s that time of year when Christmas lists make the rounds of family and friends. This annual rite of passage can usually be summed up as “I want, I want, I want”. Unfortunately in software development, most of our business … Continue reading

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All Managers are Not Necessarily Your Agile Leaders

Leadership is the ability to influence or inspire others to achieve shared goals. Dees, et al., 2007 When an organization transitions from traditional project management to using Agile Methodologies, one of the first things I see most of my clients … 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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Managing the Middle Manager Conundrum

Attending Agile 2012 and meeting many practitioners and soon-to-be practitioners of agile development was an awesome experience. The opportunity to network and talk shop with a wide range of individuals cannot be duplicated. Many of the conversations re-opened an age … Continue reading

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