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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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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...

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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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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Gemba Walk for Scrum Teams

Gemba Walk for Scrum Teams Being involved with Scrum Masters and their teams is the best job on the planet. Few things are as satisfying as watching a Scrum Team become more adaptive, grow in confidence and shoulder responsibility as a cohesive unit. Although experiencing these improvements as they occur is amazing to witness, I’ve...

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Understanding the Product Owner Role

When we try to understand the product owner role on a Scrum team, remember that the product owner defines ‘what’ the team will develop. Product Owner Role in a Nutshell   The Scrum Guide The excerpt below describing the product owner role is from the November 2017 Scrum Guide: The Product Owner is responsible for...

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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....

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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...