I have a client that has been using Agile for the last 3 years.  Let me restate that, this client has been using A.I.N.O. for the last 3 years.  I am working with him to implement Scrum.  With him and his team I have to refer to this as implementing a "more disciplined Scrum" because unfortunately, everyone believes they were already doing Scrum. 
 
Anyway, the client is having... Read Full Post

Earlier this year I wrote "What makes an Agile Coach Effective". I talked about how coaches won't succeed if people aren't ready or able to take in the coaching and how coaches fail when they tell people what they should do. I wrote it out of my own shortcomings as an Agile coach, and my... Read Full Post

I was excited to read this recent New York Times Article describing research done by Google to determine the characteristics of the best performing teams. Google studied the data on team performance to glean what they could about how to create high performing teams.... Read Full Post

Many organizations today are running experiments with Agile approaches or the Scrum Framework.  A few then decide to Adopt Agile, or embark on an Agile Transformation, which I characterize as a process of transforming the organization structure and culture to one that fosters true business agility.  

I am working with several clients who are in the midst of... Read Full Post

I’ve been preparing to teach a couple of courses on leadership in an Agile environment and taking stock of those characteristics that make Agile Leaders successful. Reflecting on great Agile leaders that I know, a few key leadership traits that come to mind are as follows.
  • Ownership - Great leaders take personal responsibility for the outcomes and results they... Read Full Post

The second edition of my emotional intelligence book includes a new chapter, Success with Agile Teams. Anyone who has used Agile methods though will attest to the fact that leading Agile teams is not the same as leading traditional teams. Agile teams are... Read Full Post

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... Read Full Post

(This Post was a Favorite on the Agile PMO Blog in 2013)

Two conversations in two days have concerned me in my role of agile coach. In the first, I had a product owner and his assistant expressing frustration at the current pace of development for 3 scrum teams. In the second conversation, an assistant to the product owner, similarly concerned, asked the scrum master for the... Read Full Post