Agile Adoption Category

Learning from mistakes – it’s all about continuous improvement

Kaizen (改善), Japanese for “improvement”, or “change for the better” refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes. Teams I coach frequently ask me for “best practices”.  Do not assume that “best practices” in previous projects will be equally successful in another project.  In some cases, “best practices” from one context can be […]

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I am an Agile Plumber

I am an Agile Plumber – I eliminate waste, remove blockages and increase flow. This week we had an agile workshop to establish some goals and create some epics for next quarter’s release for the agile change team at an organization I am coaching. One of the items we covered in the workshop was to […]

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I want to run an agile project

This is all too funny!  Whilst the video is intended to be humorous, the pain of the “Agile Guy” maybe all too familiar for some.  Agile changes many things we have become use to over many years – agile questions the status quo and challenges our muscle memory……..

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Cargo Cult Agile – It’s More Than Just Stand Ups

Most people associate daily stand ups or daily Scrums when they think of Agile.  And they are often the first practice that is adopted. I have observed some teams adopt the daily stand ups and a little of other practices (often with smells/anti-patterns) and say they are Agile. The adoption of agile methods and practices […]

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Lean and Agile Games

Learning about Lean and Agile is often done best through some games.  Lean and Agile games provide an opportunity for teams to grasp lean and agile concepts and practices, share experience, realise better ways of working, and help facilitate your ‘aha’ or ‘Lightbulb Moment‘. And they are fun! Below is a short collection of Lean […]

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The Law of Raspberry Jam (Reflecting on Agile Progress) by Jim Highsmith

The following post is from Jim Highsmith reflecting on Agile adoption which I found fascinating. In his classic, The Secrets of Consulting, Jerry Weinberg offers us his Law of Raspberry Jam, “The wider you spread it, the thinner it gets.” I thought about this recently as I’ve read blogs and articles from Agilists who are […]

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Training to become an Agile Coach?

[Edited: Updated links 28 Feb 2011] Today I received an interesting question – “What training is there to develop agile coaches as output of the training?” The goal of an Agile coach is grow a productive Agile team that thinks for itself rather than relying on someone to prescribe the way to do things. Showing […]

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The issue with Scrum Certifications

Ron Jeffries has posted a nice article on CSM Certification Thoughts containing several excellent diagrams describing some of the forces that are in play when it comes to Scrum certifications (or any other Agile certification for that matter). There are both positive and negative opinions of CSM Certification in the industry.  In my view, a […]

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For Fun – PMI Agile Response

An article called the ‘Sweet Spot’ appeared in the August 2010 edition of the PMI.ORG PM Network Journal. In response to this article, a video was produced which is quite amusing.  Watch the video.

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Two Pizza Teams

If you have been following my blog, you will notice that Dilbert comics seem to jolt me into writing a new entry.  In this comic, the pointy-haired boss actually makes a wise comment when he says “Just break into whatever size groups you think make sense”.  For Agile teams, what make sense is small teams.  […]

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