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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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Re-Imagining the Agile Manifesto for Agile Software Development

Another Agile conference has come and gone, and as usual, there was plenty to learn in Nashville this year (besides packing walking shoes for the Gaylord). The biggest piece I took away from last week might be how we view … 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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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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4 Great Articles About Agile Even Though They Aren’t

1. Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy Brad Power writes a great piece weaving Lean concepts in and out of Michael Treacy’s Value Disciplines. He profiles Tesco’s successes in making these two concepts work together. If you don’t think Agile is headed to … Continue reading

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Agile Life Raft

There I sat at my mahogany desk after another frustrating meeting of “why are we late?” As a technical person I found it very hard to express my woes to those considered non-technical.  We were a waterfall company and I … Continue reading

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Agile Culture: One More Secret to Building it

I recently read the excellent and fascinating book “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. The book doesn’t only cover habits of individuals, but also habits of communities and organizations. Reading it reminded me of a conversation I had with … Continue reading

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Agile Product Partners: Friends or Frenemies?

Guest post from Ellen Gottesdiener, founder & president of EBG Consulting   It continues to baffle me. Clients share their struggles managing three, four, or five different product owners (or, as we refer to them, product champions). Delivery teams end … Continue reading

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