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Scope Creep. It’s What’s for Dinner.

Once upon a time there was a whiny Product Owner, two Team Leads, a Dev Director, an executive, and only 2 days to go in the sprint. Enter the unplanned feature. The villainous Scope Creep we all know and hate. But … Continue reading

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Best Agile Management Blog Posts of 2013

It’s a busy week. Many of us are returning ugly sweaters from Great-Aunt Lenora, re-gifting fruit cakes, and putting away holiday decorations (DON’T be that house with a reindeer globe on the lawn in February). Just be glad you’re not … Continue reading

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Agile Acceptance Criteria

I’ve been hearing a bit of confusion about acceptance criteria lately and I wanted to clarify a couple of things. Ultimately, the point of acceptance criteria is to establish the definition of done. We talk about defining done in Agile … Continue reading

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Agile Killed the Project Star

As a reformed project manager (My “900 days since I built an MS Project Schedule” chip around here somewhere), with a PMP and active membership of PMI, what I am about to say is rather controversial. But, it needs to … 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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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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Product Ownership – a Team Sport?

How many of you have heard a Product Owner being described as a single-wring-able-neck, or read that the Product Owner is solely responsible for the “Return On Investment” of a product or project? Are you aware that the Product Owner … 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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SUCCESS = RESULTS – EXPECTATIONS (Part 1 of 2)

When I talk with people learning about agile software, I often play the game Presto Manifesto where the room talks about what it means to have a successful project and then breaks up into groups and – based on their … Continue reading

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A Musical Approach to Agile Development Teams – Part 1 of 2

<Adapted from my article in CM Crossroads article titled, “Making Beautiful Music Together”> Have you ever watched a jazz combo? The performance starts with the leader counting off the rhythm, then stepping away. Then the drummer begins to lay down … Continue reading

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