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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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What Happens When the CEO is the Product Owner and Part-Time Developer on the ‘The Team?’

I recently visited with a client where the CEO and founder of the company is also an active part-time developer on the Dev Team.  This provides an interesting dynamic that has some advantages but also some genuine risk. This company is … 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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Must-Haves for Agile Contracts

Agile contracts are a hot topic. In our recent thought paper, Sourcing for Agile, we discussed the challenges of sourcing software development services where speed and agility are key, and we discussed different management and agile development methodologies that have been tried … Continue reading

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Does ‘Who Makes a Good ScrumMaster’ Have Much To Do With Their Current/Past Role?

Recently I’ve read a few blog posts and forum posts discussing, ‘what role do the best ScrumMasters come from?’ One post in particular suggested that perhaps Technical Leads are the best candidates because they have deep knowledge of the technical … Continue reading

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Using Velocity to Make Smarter Management Decisions

On agile projects, we use a team’s historical velocity to help us plan for how much work they can get done in upcoming iterations. Velocity is the rate at which a team is able to deliver software in a period … Continue reading

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