One of the most common conversations I’ve had with clients over the last few years is how to move from a traditional or waterfall style of development to using Agile and Scrum.  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... Read Full Post

As we work with clients who are exploring how to get started with Agile and Scrum, we find ourselves asking many of the same questions.  The questions help us to create a plan for success with agile and avoid some of the problems that teams encounter when trying to adopt something new.

To address this need and help clients think broadly about the change, we developed a checklist of... Read Full Post

Several years ago I had the opportunity to support a growing consulting firm with their transformation to Scrum. 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 describes their approach and some of their learning along the way.  It also highlights the significant... Read Full Post

Looking for resources to help you succeed with Agile or make the transition to Scrum?  We've organized this summary of our detailed articles and popular blogs to provide you everything you need to successfully transition to using Agile and Scrum, or to support your Agile Transformation.  

How to Transition from Waterfall... Read Full Post

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. Letting go of... Read Full Post

I recently had a participant tell me that my agile training class was 1,000% better than he expected. Which I took as a great compliment, even though I noted the hyperbole.  When pressed to explain why, he said that his previous Agile training had been horrible.  Which got me wondering if I was that much better, or if the expectations were simply low.
 
Training should never be... Read Full Post

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

As an Agile Trainer and Coach, I find an interesting paradox.  Most people will state that they already know all about Agile.  And if asked, most organizations will say that they are already using Agile, even if it is A.I.N.O. (Agile in Name Only). Or they will describe what they are doing as "agilish".  I am pretty sure that "agilish" in this context means that they aren't following Agile... Read Full Post

Being a Scrum Master or Agile Coach is a challenging job!  We've created this page to help you to grow so that you can improve the productivity and effectiveness of your team.  Whether it is deepening your understanding of the rules of Scrum, improving your ability to lead scrum events skillfully, or simply hearing stories about coaching that didn't work, we hope you will find the resources on... Read Full Post

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... Read Full Post