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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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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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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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Why Matters

Whenever someone asks a question, they are likely seeking further understanding about whatever is placed before them.  Ultimately, they are seeking to determine why it should be important to them, whether they say it out loud or not.  “Why” is behind … Continue reading

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Agile Development: A Model for a Better Future

The leading barrier to further agile adoption – as noted in VersionOne’s 2011 State of Agile Development Survey – is the ability to change organizational culture. Unfortunately, agile development teams can’t fix this problem by themselves because changing an organization’s … Continue reading

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Savant Leadership or Empowered Agile Team?

There can be many reasons organizations struggle with their agile adoptions, but often it is because they’re clinging to the idea that only a select few people can be trusted to do the real thinking.  Design decisions are left in … Continue reading

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