TL;DR: How to Align Scrum Teams Do you remember the good old days when the organization started with its first Scrum team? And the new engineering kid on the block was “merely” supposed to deliver a potentially shippable product increment at the end of a sprint? The first team was to sound the bell for … Continue reading How to Align Scrum Teams
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Overcoming Resistance to Agile Process Roll-Outs. Jonathon Levene shares the insights he gained over years of executive coaching of cross-functional teams this week on The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg. The podcast can be heard on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathon-levene-on-agile introductions/id977764101?i=1000380138828&mt=2) Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/harold-nicoll/jonathon-levene-on-agile-introductions) or at rynmelberg.com. Mr. Levene (Jonathon as he prefers to be called) drove top-line growth through new products and services to market among many...
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In his book “Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency”, Tom DeMarco makes the point is that you can’t be creative when you are overworked or overburdened. Stress kills innovation as does busyness. Little slack leads to little time to look around leads to little improvement. To be creative, your mind needs to feel free […]
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When I go in to do large scale transformations I’m invariably asked the question, “should the PMO go away?’ The reasoning is that going agile should get rid of all of the oversight, the Gantt Charts, the weekly status meetings, release scheduling. The list goes on. Before I address the question I want to give […]
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In my last article we talked about the role of the BA on agile projects, reviewing what stays the same and what changes from traditional approaches. In this article, we will review the contentious topic of how the role of...
True Story. It was a painful breakup. I thought things were going fine, but “it’s not you” she said “it’s me”…. and just like that, our relationship was over. I really didn’t see it coming. We have been working together for a long time now. Really? Really, I said. You no longer need QA? She […]
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Age of Product’s Food for Thought of December 4th, 2017—shared with 5,066 peers—focusses on agile myths busting, team dysfunctions, and how trust among teammates influences creativity. We then dive deep into why switching to Kanban will not fixing your Scrum problems, and how to keep stakeholders and agile teams aligned. We then support David Cancel’s … Continue reading Food For Thought #70: Agile Myths Busting, Trust, Product Discovery, Listening to Customers
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Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramI dutifully watch Scrum Alliance’s webinars whenever they offer something I want to learn about, so I recently attended Michael Sahota’s “Top Ten Secrets of Agile Transformation.” Sahota is a bit of an Agile guru, and well-respected in the community. He founded the … Continue reading Top 10 Secrets of Agile Transformation with Michael Sahota →
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The Agile Self-Assessment Game helps teams to discover how agile they are and what you can do to increase their agility. I played this game at the XP Days Benelux conference. Here's how this went. More →
I really like this composition of 100 agile techniques by Steve Drumm. A really nice summary of alot of different management tools, nicely presented too :) Take a look: http://pm-training.net/agile-development-methodology-wiki/100agiletechniques/ Kelly.
hi everyone, I’m delighted to win the UK’s agile award for Most Popular Online Contributor, especially as it’s a public vote so thank you! This site has been running now for almost 10 years, which I can hardly believe, Thank you for all your support. Kelly.
hi everyone it’s the Agile Awards again soon and I am happy to say that i have been nominated for ‘most valued agile professional (UK)’ if I or my blog have helped you or your company at some point, can you take a few seconds to vote for me? https://www.theagileportal.com/awards/voting/most_value_uk i’d really appreciate that :) many […]
TL;DR Peer Recruiting is the new hiring: In the near future, all creative, technology-based organizations will need to abandon the command & control structures that served the industrial world of the 20th century so well. Instead, they will reorganize themselves around autonomous teams to deal with the complexity and pace of innovation of the 21st … Continue reading Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times
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Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program “Start executing and worry less about planning.” QA Consultant This statement appeared on a recent feedback form after a BERTEIG learning event. It summarized a Quality Assurance Consultant’s learning from the CSM training they attended. This statement so accurately summarizes one of the … Continue reading Agile Advice: Start Executing With Little Planning →
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Building a new team can be challenging. People have to learn and get to know each other, and agree upon how they will be collaborating as a team. Retrospective exercises can be used for chartering teams, to define shared goals, agree upon the way of working, and start off properly. Continue reading →
Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramDozens of individuals receive training to become Certified Scrum Product Owners at our public learning events in Toronto, Ontario. What is a Product Owner? And how do they create a product vision in alignment with the team they work with? Xi Zeng, over … Continue reading Link: How Will a Product Vision Help You Succeed? →
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Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program Have you ever wanted to run an agile project? Or maybe you are a leader in an organization who has had an agile coach approach you requesting to run an agile project? This light & comical sketch depicts the often humorous interactions … Continue reading Some Light Agile Humour Puts Things Into Perspective →
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Many of you have all heard of the Tuckman model of team dynamics (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing). It was created in 1966 and has become the most popular model for describing team behavior. Is it time to level up in your mental mode...
Becoming agile can help to achieve organizational goals. But setting agile as a goal for an organization does not work. The goal for a software organization should be to achieve results by delivering valuable products and services, not to become agile. Hence my question: do you know why do you want to become agile? Continue reading →
hi all, if you’d like to see someone recognised for the great work they’ve done, why not nominate them for the UK agile awards. Lots of categories to choose from! View categories and nominate here Kelly.
Age of Product’s Food for Thought of July 25th, 2016—shared with 3,558 peers—offers a rich summer buffet of topics: Spotify wants to be good at failing, or—one of my favs in this issue—how to apply Scrum to relationships. (Better start stocking Post-Its…) And you should consider joining the revolution and kill backlogs and roadmaps, or … Continue reading Food For Thought #51: Scrum in Relationships, Kill Backlogs, Customer Centricity
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Defining and building a good minimum viable product is much harder than it sounds. Finding that “one thing” you can do, which people want, is really about a lot more than picking one thing. It is a combination of solving the minimum valuable problem and all of the other things that go with it. Solving for both the … Continue reading Minimum Valuable Problem →
I was perplexed in the difference between the velocities of the two Agile (Scrum) teams. When I examined the metrics of two different Scrum teams, I noticed they produced wildly different outputs. The first, let’s call them Team Alpha, produced excellent work. Always completing on time and meeting their targets. The other, Team Beta, was […]
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This article is part of our Team Dynamics series. Admit it. You don’t always run ineffective meetings. But when you do, you make sure they last an eternity, have pointless agendas, and cause participants to run and hide each time you call one! Yes…we’ve all been there. But you’re also aware that meetings are...
I’ve never attempted to try the trapeze. I have friends that do it and love it, but I’m not so sure it’s for me. I’m pretty adventurous about many things, but flying around at what seems like 100ft seems to be a little risky. Trying new things can be scary and flying around on some […]
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