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The Time to Fix Your Code Will Never Come

It’s a strong statement, but I have not yet seen that developers are “given” the time to fix the cause of problems. These problems can be post-release surprises, hard-coded values that multiply change efforts (and risk), manual configuration, testing and deployment,  duplicate logic and logic spread across many areas of the system, multiple languages (due...

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You’re as Agile as Your Code Base

Problems I see fairly regularly are tied to the code base and development team practices. You might have a Lousy Code Base if… Scrum calls for building a potentially shippable product increment every sprint, but if team members (and worse, teams) integrate late in the sprint, it’s going to be problematic. “What’s QA doing the...

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Responsibility and Continuous Improvement with LeSS

We are hosting Craig Larman again for his Certified Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Practitioner workshop in Orange County / Los Angeles area in November. I’ve already told a number of advocates for Continuous Improvement and asked my coaches who haven’t attended yet to make sure they go. Why? Fundamentally, LeSS gives something that SAFe doesn’t –...

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Stories of Agile Change from Companies Succeeding with Agile

Our Agile Leadership Summit is coming up, and we are excited about the sessions. In our classes, a common request is real stories of change and succeeding with agile. We have two leaders from local companies part-way through their agile journey. Colleen Kirtland is a Director of QA at Pacific Life, and found success with...

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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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Certified Agile Leadership Training Questions and Answers

Who should take the Certified Agile Leadership course (CAL I)? Looking for a Certified Agile Leadership course in Southern California? Click Here.   What is the value of taking the Certified Agile Leadership course?   Why take the Certified Agile Leadership course?   Related Content Certified Agile Leadership Large Scale Scrum Training – LeSS

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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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Getting Married, Acting Single – Agile Adoption Without Organizational Change

I’m warning you, this is a long one… I just had yet another meeting with executives in the middle of an agile adoption who felt their project managers were fighting for their individual PM projects (and PM’s were compensated to do so), but the execs knew that the individual projects weren’t equally important. Worse for their strategy, the PM’s...