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05
APR
2019

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 CSP Fast Pass Coaching...
29
NOV
2017

Want More Sad People At Work?

If the Team is not committed\bought in on using Scrum, will it work? No.  However, this is going to be true of any process you might adopt – Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP) or traditional project management.  If the your team members are not truly curious to learn...
26
MAY
2016

My Team is Special – Do We Need a Fulltime ScrumMaster?

No…as long as the Team meets ALL of the following three preconditions listed below, a full-time ScrumMaster is most likely unnecessary. The Team is learning from their mistakes and refining their performance as they go. The Team is learning and adapting to the...
16
MAR
2016

Organize For Complexity

“The only ‘thing’ capable of dealing with complexity is human beings” This is the central thesis of Niels Pflaeging’s book, Organize For Complexity: How to Get Life Back into Work to Build the High-Performance Organization, and speaks to the...
04
FEB
2016

FAST Agile in Four Photos

Today at Agile Open Northwest, I had the opportunity to learn more about FAST Agile, a new, lightweight approach to scaling Agile teams from Ron Quartel (@agileAgitator).  You might remember Ron from my articles on twenty-eight way to stop wasting time at work (part 1 and part 2)...
13
OCT
2015

A Visual Control for the Masses – A Task Board

One of the greatest challenges to trust, collaboration and self-organization in the workplace is visibility.  This is because most of software development is intellectual work without physical representation.  We take complex ideas on what a software product should do and express...
16
JUL
2015

Escape from Waterfall Island (Part 2 of 2)

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” With that classic throw back to the 1980’s, let’s wrap up our conversation on what are the key question to raise when being asked to dispatch help to Waterfall Island.  This entry is a continuation of an...
07
JUL
2015

Escape from Waterfall Island (Part 1 of 2)

“Mayday!  Mayday!  We are stuck on Waterfall Island!  Please send help immediately!”  If you received this alert, how might you respond to the citizens of Waterfall Island? At the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix, Peter Stevens from Switzerland offered this provocative list...
29
APR
2015

Have You Lost Hope with Scrum?

Then you need to play Fearless Journey, a game to restore your hope.  In my last post, I introduced the game Fearless Journey and shared how the objective of Fearless Journey is to discover a new reality that is transformational in nature.  Normally, we focus on the little...
27
APR
2015

Can Scrum Really Work Miracles? Take a Fearless Journey and Find Out

“That is just the way things are around, best to get used to it.” “If you could fix that, things would really change around here, but that won’t ever happen.” “If it were up to me, I would let you visit the end users, but it is not me you have...