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05
MAR
2024

Avoiding the Middle Management Diffusion Layer & Other Ideas…

How do you run an Agile team when the surrounding environment is decidedly non-Agile, i.e. the rest of the organization has not adopted the Agile Mindset and still retains the Industrial Mindset (waterfall)?  This was a topic of discussion in a recent Lean Coffee session and here...
03
MAY
2016

Yes…We Really Do Need a Full-time ScrumMaster

I live in the City of San Diego and we have an estimated 1.4 million people living within the city limits.  Could you ever imagine someone asking the Mayor, or the City Council, “Do we really need so many fulltime fire fighters?”  Yet, a variation of this topic comes...
10
MAR
2016

Four Common Scrum Impediments and Mistakes

“Scrum will highlight every deficiency and impediment that the enterprise has so the enterprise can fix them and change into [the best product development] organization [in its market].”  Ken Schwaber As teams and businesses adopt Scrum and Agile to their enterprise, they will...
29
FEB
2016

Defining the Agile Mindset

Ever wonder why some Agile practitioners regularly butt heads with more traditionally minded managers? Have you ever spent significant one-on-one time with a Product Owner (or a Team member or a Stakeholder) to answer all their questions about why and how Scrum works and they...
16
FEB
2016

Agile Principles: The Forgotten Half of the Agile Manifesto

Did you know that in addition to the Agile Manifesto that the authors listed their twelve principles of Agile software?  Based upon my very unscientific survey of recent CSM students, only about 20% to 30% of people who were simply aware the Agile Manifesto existed were also...
28
JAN
2016

Updates to the Agile Manifesto

While the ideas written in the Agile Manifesto  have been inspiring and durable, the actual uptake and introduction of these new ways of working within teams and organizations has not been long-lasting.  It seems like what was radical and groundbreaking in February 2001 now feels...
21
MAR
2015

What is Teamicide?

You ever wonder if organizations even want teams at all?  I hear a lot of people in business talk all about the importance of team empowerment and how teams are vital to the business.  Then I watch what they do.  At times business act in ways that positively diminish the impact...
01
OCT
2014

Six Factors that Make an Organization Agile

“Are we doing Scrum right?” “Is SAFe the best Agile framework for us?” “Are we Agile [enough] yet?” Common questions from beginners and decision-makers investigating Agile software development. For me, I find it hard to give a specific answer...
11
AUG
2014

Check In & Check Out – Core Protocols

Ever work with a Team and the whole group wants to go in one direction, except for one person who digs in and refuses to budge?  This happened to me a few weeks back while teaching a Product Owner class and I was completely stumped.  I like to consider myself a pretty good...
09
JUN
2014

Who Is Responsible for Quality in Scrum?

To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.  Instead, let us focus on constructing a framework that produces quality outcomes from the beginning and the two Lean concepts...
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