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Correcting Assumptions via Systems Thinking

Identifying the system your assumptions build is a giant first step in helping teams improve. Let’s use systems thinking to briefly examine a causal loop that either increases or decreases the team’s confidence. We begin with the assumption that “teams must be held accountable, because people do not naturally hold themselves accountable.” The domino effect this...

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Toastmasters and ScrumMasters: Agile Leadership and Effective Communication

I was recently part of a panel on Scrum training, along with other agile leaders in our area that I respect both for their knowledge of agile and for their professionalism. Anyone would say they are successful. Just before we started, I realized that three of the five panelists were part of Toastmasters. Coincidence? Au...

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Three Difficult Questions for Managers and Leadership

The largest of the first sessions at the Agile Open SoCal Conference was on anti-patterns. It was facilitated by one of our coaches and Dave Brown, a wonderful agile leader at First American. And it was disrupted by me. The attendees from numerous companies at various stages listed over two dozen common problems. These people...

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6 Similarities Between SAFe and LeSS

Although there are significant differences in how change is approached, here are some similarities between SAFe and LeSS, aka, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Large Scale Scrum (LeSS). Similarities Between SAFe and LeSS Both SAFe and LeSS address organizing multiple teams in an agile work environment (stating the obvious here, perhaps, but just to be...

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Agile Adoption Preparation Signals Future Success

Agile Adoption Preparation I’ve recently been coaching at a company, and I’ve seen the most impressive agile adoption preparation ever. And we haven’t even “started” yet. “Normal” Agile Adoption Preparation Most companies call us in to help kick-off their agile adoption, but they have: Already decided on the approach (Scrum) and details (sprint length, day of...

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Certified Agile Leadership – CAL – January 2017

This Workshop meets the awareness & discovery credential certified by the Scrum Alliance for Agile Leadership. Why Agile Leadership? The rise in complexity, uncertainty and rapid change have triggered a change in the landscape of work. Leaders expecting to leverage their past patterns of success will fall short both in terms of fully capitalizing on...

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Agile Leadership Makes a Difference

Agile Leadership Makes a Difference Wow, I almost got sucked in…. Now that Agile 2015 is here, I was looking through the self-promotion of talks to see what was interesting to me. I was struck by one about Human Systems Dynamics. And for a moment, I was captivated by all the models (I’m a models...