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What are the Agile Coaches Reading?

I was reading a book last week and thought it one of the better books I hadn’t heard of from others. It made me think, “What are others reading that I should know about?” I asked our Rocket Nine team, our partner network of agile coaches and trainers, and some of our most successful customers...

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The Cost of Servant Leadership

“I may not get there with you.” – Martin Luther King, assassinated the following day. I hope you had the day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to look back and reflect on his impact. The holiday is one of only three national holidays that recognize an individual. The other two are George Washington...

Your Culture Is What’s on Your Walls
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Your Culture Is What’s on Your Walls

Three colleges, in three states, in three days. We were on a trip to find the right college for my daughter Ally. But how could we know what was the right fit for her? Or, similarly, how do you choose the right job? How does your company attract talent in a competitive marketplace? Some of...

Top 10 Assumptions About Agile
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Top 10 Assumptions About Agile

You thought it was true, but it’s not. In our Agile training classes, we come across many common assumptions that can cause problems on your journey. Here are some of the top myths. Agile is Scrum Agile and Scrum are often used interchangeably, but Agile is a set of values based on the Agile Manifesto....

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Competing Values Framework and Why it Matters for Agile Transformations

We’re going to walk through a couple of tools that we’ve found particularly useful for Agile adoptions, for coaching teams, and for working with individuals. The first in this video series is what we call the Competing Values Framework based on the work of University of Michigan. The Competing Values Framework comes into play when...

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The Unknown Tool for Your Growth and Leadership

How do you grow in your career, as a leader, in your role? You have more challenges, and options, then ever before that can spur your growth, given the rise of Agile, and the business world’s VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity). Just as there is a case for change for corporations, those buildings are...

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The Anchor Slowing Down Your Product Development

Great product. Smart Product Owner. Great marketing and sales. So why are you slowly losing market share over the last few years? Technical debt. Technical what? It’s like credit card debt – you can pay now or pay later, but you’ll pay a lot more later. And if you’re like most companies, you’re paying a lot...

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March Presentation on Agile Transformation with LeSS (Large Scale Scrum)

The March AgileSoCal User Group‘s presentation will be on Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ agile transformation with LeSS. Adoption pitfalls, great insights & lessons learned from their Product Owner Mike Winston. This is a preview of their talk at Scrum Alliance‘s national Scrum Gathering in Minneapolis. Product Managers might want to check it out! Zodiac’s agile journey began before I was involved....