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Can agile be applied to any kind of project?

For the great majority of us, the term project management is related to the compilation of steps taken to develop...Read More
April 16, 2021
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The Worst Estimate I Ever Gave

A Retrospective One of my first experiences as a team coach was to help the developers work with a stakeholder...Read More
January 19, 2021
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No organization backbone : Episode 4

Agile transformation is not the same as proving agile works in a small, greenfield environment. Many agile practitioners feel abandoned...Read More
December 13, 2020
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The Self-Managing Team Canvas

In our team coaching efforts we have used the Team Self-Managing Canvas to grow teaminess. Teaminess is not a dictionary...Read More
December 2, 2020
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Agile leadership skills

Agile leaders maintain an environment of trust and support that is necessary for healthy team dynamics. Especially with all of...Read More
November 11, 2020
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Annual planning and budgeting process : Episode 3

Succeeding with Agile beyond initial pilots is often challenging because of the Annual planning and budgeting processes. This is because...Read More
October 28, 2020
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Everybody wants to be Product Owner : episode 2

In this episode we are reviewing an all too common situation where there are many people who dictate work to...Read More
September 29, 2020
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Agile within waterfall : episode 1

Agile may have entered your organization’s vocabulary, but have the mindsets evolved. It is all too common to hear Agile...Read More
August 25, 2020
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Our summer of Covid

I don’t want to be the millionth person to tell you that times are “unprecedented” — but, just like every...Read More
August 1, 2020
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Insights From My Journey into Scrum

Reflections on 3 Years as a "Scrum" Master and Scrum Master....Read More
July 30, 2020
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Eight Proven Strategies for Better Team Collaboration

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it had taken place.  Too many meetings are ending \with...Read More
July 23, 2020
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Dance Of The Scrum Master – Ask Don’t Tell

I recently attended an Advanced Scrum Master Certification course facilitated by Dhaval Panchal. I have been working on scrum teams...Read More
July 1, 2020
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Visual guide to the scrum framework

Visual guide to the Scrum framework is a great resource to get your entire development team on the same page...Read More
June 29, 2020
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Learning together as a team

A Systems modeling technique to visualize and act on deeply entrenched systemic issues....Read More
June 8, 2020
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11 Characteristics of Servant Leaders

The best leaders know that before you can truly lead your team, you need to serve your team. ...Read More
May 25, 2020
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4 Habits for Strong Communication & Effective Remote Collaboration

From Hack the Crisis to the Scottish brewer using his facility to manufacture and distribute hand sanitizer, right now, humans...Read More
April 6, 2020
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Successful Leaders Embrace the SWOT to Increase Their Agility

If the recent coronavirus pandemic upended the strategic growth plans of your organization — plans you created in the optimistic...Read More
April 6, 2020
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Decide how you are going to decide

Deciding how you are going to decide can be the most important team decision you can make. Clarity in your...Read More
April 15, 2019
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Systems Thinking for Transformative Change (webinar)

This webinar is part of Scrum Alliance® Certified Agile Leadership learning series. Culture change is free – comparison of systems...Read More
November 20, 2018
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Scrum Master stances

Here are Scrum Master stances. Although default stance for a scrum master is to be in service to their scrum...Read More
September 30, 2018
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Satir Change Model

The Satir Change model applies to individuals as well as systems of individuals. It is one of the cornerstones of...Read More
August 27, 2018
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Watermelons and Scarecrow management

A parable – A farmer once chanced upon a pumpkin. He carved it up to make the meanest scarecrow he...Read More
February 20, 2018
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ScrumMaster as Servant Leader

“The great leader is seen as servant first, and this simple fact is key to his greatness” – Robert K...Read More
September 2, 2017
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Definition of Done : Why it matters?

One of the first things we recommend new Agile teams establish a “Definition of Done”.  A shared definition of “done”...Read More
July 8, 2015
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Centralized Control : Trapped in Wagile (Part 4 of 4)

This is the last part in the series “Trapped in Wagile”. In the kick-off article I outlined three fundamental characteristics...Read More
October 22, 2014
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Large Batch hand offs : Trapped in Wagile (part 3 of 4)

This is part three of the continuing series of articles. In the first article of this series, I outlined three...Read More
October 15, 2014
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Phase Gates : Trapped in Wagile (part 2 of 4)

In previous article, I outlined three fundamental characteristics of waterfall system. Phase-gates are the most distinguishable characteristic of a waterfall...Read More
October 8, 2014
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Trapped in Wagile

Organizations attempting to transition to Agile demonstrate waterfall characteristics – residually or resurgently. Understanding these characteristics and learning to observe...Read More
October 1, 2014
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Who killed Agile?

Arthur Carrera from Electric Cloud posted an excellent blog about the session that I led at the Agile Conference 2014 in Orlando....Read More
August 12, 2014