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Lots of carryover? Try swarming

Scrum teams are made up of individuals with cross functional skills that commit to completing the sprint backlog as a team. Instead of a traditional Project Manager assigning tasks, the team decides how they are going to get the work … Continue reading

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Why I Love Scrum

Gonna keep this short and sweet… I’ve been practicing Scrum for about 7 years now. And in my experience, it just flat out works. It’s simple, fun, and it brings people together, which is something that can be hard to … 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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Balancing Individual Focused Work with Collaborative Team Work: Open-Office Bullpens are Harmful!

Agile teams require effective cross-functional, self-organized teams.  Effective collaboration and team work are also important.   To facilitate teamwork and face-to-face communication and collaboration, management thinks open-plan office is the way to go.  Businesses of all types have moved towards sitting … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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How Do We Change from Individuals in Workgroups to Effective, Self-Organizing Agile Teams?

A colleague of mine at VersionOne, Dan Naden who works to support the agile community, delivered several open questions from a recent Agilepalooza and asked for help answering. The one that jumped out at me and my experiences was, “How … Continue reading

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Agile is NOT a game of perfect

Practice makes perfect. Well, that’s not ‘entirely’ true. I don’t mean to discourage the high achievers in our audience, but no matter how much you practice, you could ALWAYS do better. During his spectacular run a few years ago, Tiger … Continue reading

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