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The Most Important Thing Leadership Needs – Feedback

Recently a senior agile coach shared that what was most needed was for leaders to have someone give them feedback on how disruptive and costly their behavior was to Scrum teams. When leaders would bypass the Product Owner and go straight to teams and change priorities and assign work, it caused many problems, most of...

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Your Estimates are Bad Because…Pt 1.

Another great interview this week provided an insight I had never heard before. Your estimates are bad, and you’re missing delivery dates because (wait for it….) – they don’t know! Okay, nothing new there. What WAS new was WHY they don’t know and don’t push back on the business pushing for commitments around uncertainty. Here’s...

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Double Your Team’s Velocity – Late Changes

What’s the cost of late decisions and changes to product requirements? Twice the effort for the same output. During a recent interview with an Engineering Manager (whom I consider one of the best I’ve worked with), the subject came up with late changes to their release plan. His team, the Product Owner, Tech Lead would...

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Fixing the Flaws in the Agile Community

I was just reading a case study of agile and curious about how it became part of a website about a new movement of agile. I was confused because the case study was nothing new, just good old-fashion agile, with some design sprints and leadership support thrown in. After more searching, I found that you,...

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COVID-19 and Responding to Change Over Following a Plan

Well, no need to say that it’s been quite a week. I commented to my wife that I have never experienced three weeks of life like I have here. First, destruction I’ve seen first hand nearly everyday from an EF3 tornado that went through the middle of our town here in Tennessee, and people rallying...

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Leverage the Power of Community Through Open Space

Every Agile adoption is unique. They typically begin after an organization experiences a “shock” event such as a sudden loss of market share or growing competition. Or at times its simply rooted in the gradual realization the status quo is no longer sufficient. All reasons aside, transforming an organization takes dedication, focus and support. Enter...

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Day Four :: SAFe Training – A Final Thought

February 27, 2020 I grew up an evangelical fundamentalist. That’s about as hard core protestant as it gets. Lutherans had one foot in hell, Catholics were full on idol worshipers, Methodists were heretics. My favorite were Pentecostals. They were downright demon possessed. If you find this world view a bit restrictive, you’re right. In the...

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Build Your Own Conference – The Agile Open Experience

With the San Diego Agile Open just around the corner, it would help to explain the value to those who have never been. Essentially, people volunteer topics that either they will share about or are interested in, and then they pick a time and place for the session. Others interested can initial the topic sheet...

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Day Three :: “All we have to fear is fear its self”

February 26, 2020 Today we covered Portfolio Management and Leading Change. I was struck by the assortment and quality of the tools. Until today, I didn’t know how to identify an organization’s “tipping point” in its Agile adaption readiness. Now I have a whole set of tools to use in conversation with clients. I’ve also...