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

Leaders Go First

I met with some of the key internal champions for Agile at a client recently and they asked for my help.  They have been trying to grow the agile teams in the organization and mature their practices and they found that their teams had hit a wall and were not progressing.  It was as if they had run into a brick wall.  

That brick wall was the executive leadership team.  The leadership... Read Full Post

Why 'Being Agile' Scares People

I work with a lot of teams and help them to adopt Agile thinking and methods.  While I am pretty passionate about Agile and many of the team members are as well, I work with many team members who are afraid of Agile.  Why would people fear Agile if it is such a great thing?  Perhaps it isn't viewed as such a great thing by everyone.  Here are some reasons why they might fear agile and 'being... Read Full Post

How to Thwart Progress In Organizations

Have you ever wondered how to undermine change and thwart progress in organizations?  One of my agile coaching colleagues recently shared a link to the Simple Sabotage Field Manual, a document published during WWII by the Strategic Services, the precursor to... Read Full Post

Top Reasons Agile Didn't Work for Us: #2 Company Culture

Last week I posted that I thought one of the most common reasons that people say Agile did not work for them was the inability to colocate teams.  Several people commented that they thought I missed the boat (which is quite possible) and that the most common reason that agile... Read Full Post

Top Reasons Agile Didn't Work for Us:  #1 We Couldn’t Co-Locate Teams

Most organizations today have tried Agile approaches and the majority are finding them helpful. There are a significant number of people for whom Agile has not been helpful or it hasn’t worked.  Or, they tried it but they did not get the benefits that they had hoped they would get.  When I peel back the onion, I hear some of the same reasons for Agile not working.

One of the top reasons... Read Full Post

Project Managers Still Don't 'Get' Agile

I recently published the article below on the Project Management.com website (see Project Managers Still Don't Get Agile).  The point that I was trying to make is that while some project managers do understand and apply agile approaches, most project managers don't understand it... Read Full Post

Top Reasons Agile Didn't Work for Us:  #3 Couldn't form Cross-Functional Teams

This month I’ve been writing about the reasons that various organizations have found that Agile didn’t work for them.  I explored culture change and ... Read Full Post

What Characteristics Are Needed to Lead an Agile Transformation?
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
10 Questions PMOs Should Ask their Agile Teams

I was working with an Agile Coaching client in Chicago this week.  Even though they are a large and conservative firm, they want their technology teams to become more Agile.  They have just a few Scrum teams at this time representing perhaps 20% of their IT portfolio.

I was meeting with the PMO to review the required documentation for the Scrum Teams.  The PMO produced a spreadsheet... Read Full Post