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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...

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Who’s More Agile – Human Resources or Agile Coaches?

Human Resources – the word sends shivers down my spine. I’ve been called in by them. I’ve coordinated training plans with them. I’ve been told I can’t (and sometimes can) do certain things. They are often the power and gateway to significant change in the organization, the people, the departments. And they may not fully...

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Who ever Heard of an Agile Manager ???

Who ever Heard of an Agile Manager ??? There is no role of Agile Manager in Scrum. What would you choose for the management and leadership involved with your company’s agile adoption? 1. Get extended time with an expert 2. Go get trained in agile 3. Hear someone share their story of how they changed...

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Don’t Make the Same Leadership Mistake I did…

Don’t Make the Same Leadership Mistake I did… “Don’t make the same leadership mistake I did,” he told me. “Make sure spending time with your people is your number one priority.” I had just taken over as manager for a 20+ person group. My colleague was on his way out of the company, under less-than-ideal...

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Large Scale Scrum Training (LeSS) in SoCal

In May 2016, Rocket Nine Solutions hosted Large Scale Scrum Training (LeSS) with Craig Larman in Southern California (Orange County in the greater Los Angeles area). In this video, Scott Dunn, owner and CEO of Rocket Nine Solutions shares his impressions of our first Large Scale Scrum Training (LeSS) with Craig Larman. Rocket Nine Solutions...

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Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe and Large Scale Scrum – LeSS

In the coming quarter, Rocket Nine Solutions is hosting both Scaled Agile Framework – SAFe and Large Scale Scrum – LeSS classes by partner trainers. Why both? Aren’t they competing methodologies for the implementing agile in large organizations? In fact, both have their strong points. As we continue to work with local SoCal and Bay Area...

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Problem with Management and Agile Teams

Problem with Management You have a problem with management. Well, at least according to the main agile survey, you probably do. Per VersionOne’s annual survey, management support is one of the top barriers to adopting agile in your company. And it’s getting worse – growing from 24% of respondents in 2009, to 30% in 2013. Add...

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Scrum Master-Manager? Does it Work?

Scrum Master-Manager? Does it Work? First, a manager of a group should not be that group’s scrum master-manager. I have yet to have met one other coach or trainer who doesn’t agree with that. All sorts of bad things happen there, but primarily, the team can’t improve on any area that challenges their scrum master-manager...

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Scrum But and Overcoming Agile Challenges

  How NOT to do “Scrum but” Today we want to talk about overcoming obstacles, or how not to do Scrum but. We have folks in the classes who commonly come with real agile challenges. These are good to hear about and good to share about within class. So, let’s walk through a few of the...