Scrum Framework Update: The New Scrum Guide for 2017

The new Scrum Guide, the definitive reference for the Scrum Framework, is out. As of November 7, Scrum co-creators Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber have published an updated version of the Scrum Guide. The last three revisions were in 2011, 2013 and 2016 so this is a relatively fast update since July 2016. 

In terms of the magnitude of changes to the Scrum Guide, this... Read Full Post

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.)

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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.... Read Full Post

Ask, Don’t Tell - How Agile Leaders Nurture High-Performing Teams

One of the most underutilized tools in the Agile Leaders toolkit is the question. Asking great questions is a powerful way to lead and to nurture high performing teams. Done well, this style of leadership moves from directing, telling and commanding to one of curiosity, learning, and adaptation. And it is a style that anyone can learn to use effectively.

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Your How To Guide For Agile Success

Looking for resources to help you succeed with Agile or make the transition to Scrum?  You’ve come to the right place.  Bookmark this guide and leverage it for all questions you have related to Agile Pilots, Training, and Transformation.

Whether you are just beginning to learn about Agile and Scrum and need guidance on best strategies for an Agile pilot, or a seasoned Agile Leader who... Read Full Post

How to Successfully Transition from Waterfall to the Scrum Framework

One of the most common conversations I’ve had with clients over the last few years is how to move from waterfall development to using the Scrum Framework. Based on those discussions and years of experience leading and supporting these transformations for my clients, I’ve compiled this short guide on planning and executing an agile pilot or an agile transformation in your organization.  ... Read Full Post

Moving from Waterfall to Scrum - A Client Success Story

Several years ago I had the opportunity to support a growing consulting firm to move from waterfall to the Scrum Framework. It's been exciting to watch Highland Solutions learn, adapt, and grow as a team in their ability to organize and deliver great client solutions. ​The attached Case Study on Transition to Scrum describes the approach that Highland... Read Full Post

Why Agile Projects are Better

As you have probably noticed by now, I am a huge fan of Agile approaches and ways of working. This post is about some of the key aspects of Agile that I really like.  These 12 characteristics really highlight the key benefits of Agile methods, and how they relate to some of the areas of concern I had when leading traditional projects. I hope that you will find them useful as well. 

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What is the Leader's Role in an Agile Transformation?

Many organizations today are running Agile pilots or are attempting an Agile Transformation. They want the flexibility and business agility that Agile methods promise. Leaders play a key role in the Agile Transformation. It is only with a solid understanding of this critical role that the transformation will succeed and deliver the promised benefits.

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Project Success Rates Waterfall vs Agile - Agile Project Management

Agile projects are more successful than waterfall projects. There, I said it. And I have the statistics from the Standish Group to back it up.

I’ve been a follower of the Standish Group Chaos Studies for a long time. The Standish Group has conducted surveys of IT project success and failure rates every 2 years since 1994. Initially, the statistics were really bad with... Read Full Post