Link to my agile42 blog post: Backlog Refinement – The Rodney Dangerfield of Scrum Ceremonies

http://www.agile42.com/en/blog/2015/04/08/backlog-refinement-rodney-dangerfield-scrum-ceremonies/  

Smart Scaling: Finding the right approach for your organization.

I recently participated in the Scrum Alliance 2013 Scrum Coach Retreat. I chose to work with a group that wanted to explore the topic of “How are scaling frameworks affecting coaching?” since the topic of scaling and scaling frameworks has become more prevalent of late. The group quickly decided that the question was not “how … Continue reading

Responding to the Skeptics

As an Agile Coach, I am predominately focusing on introducing Agile to organizations and teams for the first time.  As such, I am constantly confronted with the skeptics who say things like, “Agile won’t work here” “We can’t ‘do’ Agile for this project” “We will never be ‘totally Agile’, we just want to use it … Continue reading

Modern Government

Great article and insights on Agile for Government – an often ignored and/or misunderstood area in real need of agile and lean transformation. Modern Government.  http://moderngovt.com/issue/mg-may-june-2013/

Focusing on the Customer

Agile emphasizes (among other things) focusing on the customer, right? So, why are so many agile teams still ignoring them? Agile is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for the majority of IT projects.  However, most business divisions and customer-facing organizations still don’t know what agile is, or what it means to their organization.  Agile … Continue reading

Agile Activities Guidance Chart

In the spirit of inspect and adapt, I have updated the Agile Activities Guidance Chart based on feedback from multiple teams and peers – Agile Activities Guidance Chart Original Post 4/6/12 – Here is a simple chart, of the 7 basic agile processes, as a reminder for newer agile teams.

Lessons Learned from the early stages of an agile adoption project

We all know most of these inherently, through our past experiences.  Yes, we’ve learned them before. Unfortunately, when you’re neck deep kicking off a new Agile initiative, trying to communicate a lot of new information and deal with a plethora of questions and resistance, it’s all too easy to forget a few of these well-known, … Continue reading

10 simple “stealth” ways to introduce Agile concepts to your ERP or COTS teams

Disclaimer – I wholeheartedly recommend an open, fully sponsored and supported approach for Agile and Change initiatives to succeed.  However, in the absence of that and if your corporate culture and environment are conducive to some experimentation and exploration, this may offer some inspiration… So you work in a traditional ERP shop — waterfall lifecycle … Continue reading

Agile resistance – keep calm and carry on

I recently came across a reference to this image/phrase in an online article on the current state of the economy and financial markets.  The image is from an old British poster from World War II — the text was intended to raise morale in the event of a German invasion.  The author of the online … Continue reading