Tag Archives: Agile

Overcoming Information Overload in the Agile-Lean World

I recently attended Agile 2013 conference and tradeshow at Nashville, TN.  It was a great!  I always visit the “agile bookstore” at such conferences, and didn’t miss it at Agile 2013.   Most of these books in the physical bookstore … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Phone Zombies

 Image credit: MiYung Youn I lovingly refer to people in my own personal clan that spend way too much time on their smart phones as ‘Phone Zombies’. They seem ‘severed’ from the real world directly in front of them. Texting, … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Pitfalls of Product Ownership

I’ve seen many great Product Owners in my Agile experiences. And here’s what makes them so… They’re available. They enjoy collaborating with the team. They have a clear picture of what’s important to the customer. They have good rapport with stakeholders. They’re solid negotiators. They … Continue reading

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In Praise of “Master of One, Jack of Two” Agile Team Member

Successful agile teams are cross-functional and self-organized.   In this blog, I will focus on how to form and sustain cross-functional teams.  There are two requirements for a team to be cross-functional: Different functions or skills need to work together effectively, … Continue reading

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On #techsafety

You’ve probably seen a lot written lately about tech safety, the notion that we should be making our software environments as safe to work in as our physical workplace environment. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a read.  Josh Kerievsky has … Continue reading

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The Currency of Trust

Maybe it is one of the trade-offs you make in working for Big Corporate, but I find the (continuing) erosion of trust and empowerment in the corporate workplace troubling. From being told how to do their jobs via rigid/crippling processes … Continue reading

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Words Mean Things – Efficient and Effective

Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things! – Peter Drucker As we continue to explore words and their impact on conversations and behaviors, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up a common set of … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Patience

If you’ve found yourself in an airport recently, your patience has probably been put to the test. Satellite parking, riding the shuttle bus, checking bags, TSA security, flight delays, gate changes. Once you manage to get on the plane, it … 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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The Agile Coach on Being Social

“Too many opinions I don’t care about” I was surprised recently to hear from a few of the ‘younger’ students in an Agile class I teach tell me they don’t use Twitter. Surely most (if not all) young, tech-savvy folks … Continue reading

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