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Starting Kanban – The Key Idea

Kanban Distinctive A unique distinctive of Kanban is how you get started. It is unlike in other Agile methods or frameworks and is central to how you start using the Kanban method effectively. “Start with what you do now.” Starting with what you do now is the first of three Kanban change management principles. This...

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Are you considering moving from Scrum to Kanban?

Why evaluate Kanban? Are you considering moving from Scrum to Kanban? Let’s explore that a bit. Kanban is known as an Agile way of working. You may have heard the description of Agile being an umbrella with multiple approaches to work being under this broad umbrella. This list, under the big umbrella, often includes Scrum,...

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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

Update – August 2020 Know Someone Impacted by COVID? Speaking of special registration discounts, Rocket Nine has extended the discount code FaceC19Together until the end of 2020 to reduce our online course prices by $199 for individuals who are facing state or company stay-home orders. Feel free to pass the code and links to our classes along...

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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...