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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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Agile Management: Avoid the “Pretty Swans vs. Ugly Ducklings” Dichotomy

I usually come across two classes of workitems in agile projects as I train, consult and coach clients at VersionOne. Class A workitems: Customer-driven or user-driven  stories, features, epics, business initiatives Class B workitems: By definition, everything else.  Several examples … Continue reading

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The Missing Agile Value

This post was originally published on ItemsOnTheLeft.com. Author Carol Dweck has completely changed the way I approach the world. I’m a smart guy. I’m no genius but I’m pretty smart. Through most of my life, I’ve been able to get … Continue reading

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Organizational Learning Always Precedes Agile Maturity

I’ve become increasingly convinced that a lack of learning is one of the largest inhibitors of agile transformation results.  One can argue that we are at, or nearing, the end of the knowledge era.  Knowledge is ubiquitous.  Simple possession of … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Failure

They say the best way to learn is sometimes through failure. I couldn’t agree more. Now you may be thinking, “Yeah, that sounds nice, but my boss doesn’t like failure. And I don’t like getting called on the carpet. The culture … Continue reading

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The Agile Coach on Courage

The Scrum team’s way of working is based upon the values of Focus, Openness, Commitment, Respect (for self and others) and Courage. For this blog post, I’m going to dive into that last value a bit more because I think it often … Continue reading

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Making Release Retrospectives Strategic and Effective: Part 5

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I presented the case for tying release retrospectives with strategic objectives and strategic metric, and outlined a 5-step process for defining strategic objectives to drive agile transition in an enterprise: Step 1: … Continue reading

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Making Release Retrospectives Strategic and Effective: Part 3

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I presented the case for tying release retrospectives with strategic objectives and strategic metric, and outlined a 5-step process for defining strategic objectives to drive agile transition in an enterprise: Step 1: … Continue reading

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Making Release Retrospectives Strategic and Effective: Part 2

In Part 1 of this multi-part blog series, I presented the case for tying release retrospectives with strategic objectives and strategic metric, and outlined a 5-step process for defining strategic objectives to drive agile transition in an enterprise: Step 1: … Continue reading

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5 Things We Learned at AgilePaloozas in 2012

2012 was a great year of learning, collaboration and fun at AgilePalooza. We’ve crossed this great nation of ours, bringing stimulating talks on release planning, retrospectives, Lean thinking and more to project managers, developers, ScrumMasters and executives. As we retrospect, … Continue reading

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