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Agile Management: Avoid the “Pretty Swans vs. Ugly Ducklings” Dichotomy

I usually come across two classes of workitems in agile projects as I train, consult and coach clients at VersionOne. Class A workitems: Customer-driven or user-driven  stories, features, epics, business initiatives Class B workitems: By definition, everything else.  Several examples … 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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Agile Mind-sets: The Power of an Analogy

Guest post by Fred Pernet and Roly Stimson of Emergn Never underestimate the power of an analogy. Scientists increasingly think it is central to pretty much all thought, but particularly innovative thinking, where we are moving into new conceptual landscapes and … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Courage

The Scrum team’s way of working is based upon the values of Focus, Openness, Commitment, Respect (for self and others) and Courage. For this blog post, I’m going to dive into that last value a bit more because I think it often … 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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Scalable Agile Estimation and Normalization of Story Points: Calibrated Normalization Method for Top-Down Estimation (Part 5 of 5)

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I introduced the topic of the blog series and provided an overview.  Scalable agile estimation methods are required to provide reliable estimates of workload (work effort) and also reliable velocity metrics (both … 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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Leading Enterprise Agile Transformation is Not “Easy Peasy” But This Can Help

Remember at the dinner table when Dad used to say, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way… You’re going to eat those peas. You can either eat them now when they’re hot or you can sit … 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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