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The Myth of the Project Manager in Agile Project Management

Between Santa Claus, Big Foot and the Agile Project Manager, which exists? Few people argue for the existence of Big Foot or Santa Claus, though most believe that Agile Project Managers exist. I would contend that none of them exist, especially the Agile project manager. (BTW we used a photo of a Wookie for Big Foot since all the pictures we had of Big Foot were blurry.)

An Exciting Benefit of Agile Transformation

A few months ago I had a conversation with a development manager whose teams had transitioned to Scrum earlier in the year. The development manager said he was really happy with the transition to Scrum and how productive, transparent and collaborative the teams had become. Then almost as an afterthought, he mentioned another benefit of Agile Transformation that excited me.

Motivated Individuals: Your Champions for High Performing Teams

The 5th Agile Principle says to hire motivated people and empower and trust them. The opposite of this would be to hire unmotivated people and to disempower and micromanage them. Is it just me or is that what happens quite frequently in organizations?

Try the Veal, and Other Agile Coaching Tips

Imagine that you have a favorite restaurant and that you go there all the time. The restaurant's specialty is the veal chop. You love the restaurant and the veal and you recommend it to everyone.  You have a good friend who visits your restaurant based on your recommendation. But rather than getting the veal, she orders the spaghetti and meatballs. Her husband orders the vegan burger, which BTW is terrible. They wind up very dissatisfied with the restaurant. 

Succeed with Scrum; Don't Break these 7 Rules

​I find that many of my clients today are trying to improve on their use of the Scrum Framework. Many of them are missing out on the benefits of Scrum without even knowing it. 

What Makes an Agile Coach Effective

I’ve been giving a lot of thought about what makes a coach effective and how to improve my own effectiveness as an Agile coach.  Many or most of us probably are in a position where we have an opportunity to coach others, whether that be our team members, our employees, even our bosses.  As parents, we may be coaching our children and spouses. And we probably also have the experience where we are being coached by others.
 

Tips for an Effective Daily Scrum Meeting

I am working closely with some distributed Teams using the Scrum Framework and seeing some challenges with the daily Scrum Meeting.  They are probably typical challenges for all new Scrum teams and include some habits developed over years of using other processes. These habits are harder to break because the teams are distributed and reliant on phones or Skype to communicate.