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28
JAN
2016

Time for a New Look at 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...
09
DEC
2015

Think in Code – The League of Amazing Programmers & The Next Ten Years of Agile

Concerned about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in software?  Interested in breaking the cycle of poverty in your community?  If these challenges concern you, then June Clarke and Nicole Clague have an interesting proposition – offer your time and share your...
17
NOV
2015

Top Ten Articles You Didn’t Read: Best of the Best

  While I started with Scrum in 2005, I did not start writing about Scrum, Agile, Extreme Programming, Lean and Kanban until 2008.  Not sure why I took so long to begin writing?  I probably did not have anything to say which is quite unusual for me.  I have an opinion on...
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...
01
JUN
2015

Story Cubes Featured at Scrum Gathering Phoenix & Agile Portugal

My favorite tool these days has got to be Rory’s Story Cubes®.  I came across these intriguing picture dice a few months ago when my consulting colleague from Canada, Ellen Grove (@eegrove), tweeted a photo of them.  At once, I wanted to know more about them, where I can...
25
MAY
2015

Letting Go of Knowing – Scrum Gathering Phoenix 2015

“I could be wrong” Mike Cohn at the Scrum Gathering Phoenix At the beginning of the month, I had the opportunity to attend the Scrum Gathering in Phoenix and present a session on Lift Off. It had been about two years since I went to a Gathering and I was SO happy that I attended...
16
MAR
2015

Peopleware: Productive Teams and Projects

“The major problems of systems work [software development] are not so much technological as sociological” First published in 1987, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister were some of the earliest people to think of software development primarily of a human challenge rather than a...
30
DEC
2014

Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014

Happy New Year!  Last week, I reviewed the web traffic to get some insight on what visitors were searching for at Look Forward Consulting and I produced this top ten blog posts for 2014.  Enjoy! 14 Scrum Case Studies: case studies are always popular and this entry tops the list...
10
OCT
2014

Six Specific Tasks for Executive & Middle Management in Scrum

“Out with all the managers!” is a rallying cry sometimes heard from Scrum and Agile evangelists.  When I hear people say this, or observe when they act in ways that reflects this bias, I have a good idea these folks do not have a good understanding of how Scrum actually works in...
01
OCT
2014

Six Factors Which 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...