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My Journey From Waterfall to Agile (and Back Again)

2007 – I had been working for several years as a traditional Project & Program Manager in the .com division of a Fortune 500 company. There was a constant cloud over my head. I didn’t really enjoy my work and had … Continue reading

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Enforced Workflow is inherently NOT Agile

One of the ironies of being a technologist in the Agile world is that while we love our tools and toys, we also know that some things should be done by hand.  One of my jobs as a consultant at … Continue reading

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Time to Celebrate with Great Reviews!

Someone recently asked me what one thing would make any company’s Agile transformation and adoption more successful? Almost before the question left their lips, I shot back – “great reviews, company-wide great reviews!” The most mature Agile organizations I’ve seen … Continue reading

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The Guide on the Side

I’ve delivered quite a few training classes over the last several years, most of them in how to effectively utilize Scrum and Agile tooling in the delivery of software. And yes, I’ve relied heavily on Powerpoint decks to get my message … Continue reading

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7 Things I Validated in My First Month With VersionOne

What’s your lucky number? In June, I attended the Agile West BSC/ADC conference in Las Vegas and didn’t do so well at the roulette table; however, two months later on 7/21/14 (lucky 7s) I placed an even bigger bet; not … Continue reading

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The Impact of Agile and Lean Startup on Project Portfolio Management

With the large number of organizations now adopting agile methods, the existing body of literature has paid significant attention to the function of project management, business analysis, and more recently program management.  This is understandable as individuals filling these roles … Continue reading

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Make Agile 2014 PEACHy

This year, I’m excited to be returning the Agile Conference. Having organized and participated in the conference from 2001-2005, my attendance became sporadic as the beginning of the youth football season (my other coaching gig) won out over the annual … Continue reading

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With Me It’s All or Nuthin’

Forgive me for bringing up show tunes.  I love the old musicals. One of the true classics of American theater is the show Oklahoma.  I got to thinking about this in a very roundabout way the other day.  The song, called … Continue reading

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New ScrumMaster Tips

I recently completed a blog on PMs transitioning to a ScrumMaster role.  I was inspired to put together a quick blog post for new ScrumMasters after reading a question that was posted to social media.  The poster basically wanted to … Continue reading

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So you’re going to be a ScrumMaster?

“Well I am a PM now but they are making me a Scrum Master.” I have heard that statement countless times. Some PMs are happy about the new challenge, some aren’t and some just want to keep making those Benjamins. … Continue reading

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