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The Agile Coach on Approach and Fitness

I’m a big Kansas City Chiefs football fan, born and raised. This is a bit sad to admit, but my mood for the week is largely dependent upon whether we won or lost on game day. So you can imagine … Continue reading

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All Managers are Not Necessarily Your Agile Leaders

Leadership is the ability to influence or inspire others to achieve shared goals. Dees, et al., 2007 When an organization transitions from traditional project management to using Agile Methodologies, one of the first things I see most of my clients … 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 Realization of Where We Are With Agile

A guest post from Alex Adamopoulos, CEO of Emergn Limited In recent weeks I have been involved in or privy to conversations with four global financial services companies, a research and publishing company and an airline all talking on the topic … 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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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 4 of 4)

Once a Scrum team has discussed and developed a SMART action plan in a Sprint Retrospective session (as described in Part 3 of this blog series), I recommend capturing all the results from the Retrospective session and SMART actions into … Continue reading

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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 3 of 4)

Developing the SMART action plan: In Part 2 of this blog series, I presented the details of areas A, B and C of the Sprint Retrospective table covered in Part 1 of this blog series. Reaching consensus on the Top … Continue reading

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Making Sprint Retrospectives Really Effective (Part 2 of 4)

Reaching team consensus on the Top 3 factors that worked well and the Top 3 most problematic factors: Before the Sprint Retrospective session, the ScrumMaster should collect each Scrum team member’s individual Top 3 observations in both categories listed below: … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrum Meetings Really Effective & Efficient (Part 5 of 5)

If you’ve been reading my earlier posts in this series, you know all about the High-Effectiveness, High-Efficiency Daily Scrum Quadrant. As I wrap up this series, I’ll leave you with 8 practical tips every ScrumMaster should follow to improve the … Continue reading

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Making Daily Scrums Really Effective & Efficient (Part 4 of 5)

In my last post I discussed the advantages of the Daily Scrum format and introduced a Daily_Journal template (click here to get a copy) that can be used to facilitate concise and effective reporting, get help from team members, and … Continue reading

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