Best Size for My Agile Team? High Performing Teams' Magic Number

I recently compiled a list of all the teams I had trained and coached since I began coaching in 2012. Turns out that I have helped over 90 teams from 19 companies so far. Wow! Even I had not realized the number was so high.

The teams I trained or coached vary in many ways - technology, industry, company size, and product just to name a few. The culture and diversity of the teams is also... Read Full Post

How to Get Your PMI Agile Certification (PMI-ACP) Without Hardly Trying

Last month I wrote the Quick Guide to the Basic Agile Certifications. There was a lot of interest in the two Scrum Certifications, the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and the Professional Scrum Master (PSM).  But I was surprised there was also some interest in the less popular Agile Certified Practitioner... Read Full Post

Agile Practice Guide

PMI Produced a Guide to the Agile Methodology?

Some of you may be surprised as I was to learn about PMI's recent collaboration with the Agile Alliance to produce an overview of Agile Methodologies. Groups of volunteers from both organization worked together to draft and review a document on Agile.  The product of their work is the newly published,... Read Full Post

A Quick Guide to Agile and Scrum Certifications

Are you bewildered by the number of Agile and Scrum certifications and Agile Training courses offered today? Do you wonder what would be the best Agile or Scrum certification for you? Which one will provide the greatest return on your time and money?

​This is a question that I get asked frequently by those new to Agile and Scrum. It doesn't help that... Read Full Post

5 Key Differences Between Agile Adoption and Agile Transformation

A common question I get during my Agile training courses is what is the difference between Agile Adoption and Agile Transformation.  It's a great question.  I see five key differences worth talking about.

But first let's agree on our terminology.  These are my working definitions for these two terms though I realize that people don't use these two terms consistently.

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How to Develop Your Agile Training Plan

If you are planning an agile pilot or even a full blown agile transformation, a critical consideration is Agile Training. After all, people need to understand Agile and Scrum in order to do their job effectively. This post will help you to understand the key considerations for planning, what types of training are appropriate for various audiences, how much... Read Full Post

Avoid Agile Shortcuts and Half Measures

As a coach, I frequently meet with managers of software development teams to talk about Agile. They get excited when I talk about Agile and Scrum and how they might improve their software development processes and team productivity.  When I describe the rigor and discipline of Scrum teams and the mindset change required to support empowered and self-organizing teams, they tend to bristle.... Read Full Post

How Slack Time, Experimentation & Learning Grow High Performing Teams

One question that I get frequently from leaders during Agile training is about how to make sure everyone is busy. How do we make sure that we are getting the most out of every person? They have a seemingly perverse focus on individual efficiency rather than on team effectiveness and throughput. Rather than focusing on creating an environment for high performing teams, they try to make sure... Read Full Post

Project Managers Still Don’t Get Agile – Part 2

Last year I wrote “Project Managers Don’t Get Agile” for the ProjectManagement.com website.  As I continue to think about it, I see that part of the challenge comes from the mindset change that is required to understand agile. If you are a great project manager, chances are that your mental... Read Full Post

Agile and Scrum Tip Sheet

During training courses, I often think it would be helpful to have all of Scrum and Agile summarized on one page.  It’s actually not so easy!  Even though the Agile Manifesto is just 4 values and 12 principles, and the Scrum Guide is 17 pages, it is still hard to summarize all that on one slide.  We’ve tried anyway, and I am interested in your opinion on our efforts. 
 
Please... Read Full Post