Category Archives: Agile Adoption

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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The Guide on the Side

I’ve delivered quite a few training classes over the last several years, most of them in how to effectively utilize Scrum and Agile tooling in the delivery of software. And yes, I’ve relied heavily on Powerpoint decks to get my message … Continue reading

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Agile Prioritization: A Comprehensive and Customizable, Yet Simple and Practical Method

There is rarely enough time or resources to do everything.  Therefore, agile teams must use prioritization to decide which features to focus on and which lowest rank-order features could be pushed out of scope when close to the end of … Continue reading

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Corporate Values: Really Valuable, or Really Just a Poster?

You hear about the agile values and they seem to make sense, but what the heck is a value system? And how do you use value systems in your daily work? Do your values really help you do your job … Continue reading

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15 Useful Pacts for Agile Teams: An Agile Team Creed

The Agile Manifesto values “Individuals and Interactions” over “Process and Tools.”  I suspect it was no accident that this was listed first.  Lack of communication, miscommunication, or the mistaken presumption that communication has occurred, are the root cause of many … Continue reading

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Super-Sized Agile

Guest post by Bob Schatz of Agile Infusion, LLC The interest in expanding agile development practices is growing at an increasingly faster rate. The good news is that this indicates that companies are seeing positive results in their initial experiences … Continue reading

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Why is it Called an Agile Transformation?

Guest post by Charlie Rudd of SolutionsIQ We’re not in Kansas anymore. Most organizational change initiatives are not called transformations. So how come agile change initiatives are? To answer this question, let’s first review some examples of organizational change as … Continue reading

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Scaling Agile Your Way: SAFe vs. MAXOS (Part 2 of 4)

In Part 1 of this four-part blog series, I explained why a cookie-cutter approach will not work as you undertake large-scale agile initiatives.  Each agile project developing a product or a solution has a unique context:  assumptions, situation, team members … Continue reading

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Scaling Agile Your Way: Agile Scaling Aspects and Context Matter Greatly (Part 1 of 4)

Consider these five very different types of organizations: 1.  An organization with fairly hierarchical management structure, traditional Project/Program Management Office (PMO) trying to transition from traditional waterfall development to agile development.  Some teams have just a few months of experience … Continue reading

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7 Things I Validated in My First Month With VersionOne

What’s your lucky number? In June, I attended the Agile West BSC/ADC conference in Las Vegas and didn’t do so well at the roulette table; however, two months later on 7/21/14 (lucky 7s) I placed an even bigger bet; not … Continue reading

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