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

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to teach 3 classes in a row, 2 for clients and one at Northwestern University.  In those classes, I learned a few things from the attendees.  These were challenges that the participants saw to implementing Agile in their organization.  They were often stated as objections or ways in which they did not think Agile would work for them. 
 
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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

Most IT organizations today have adopted some flavor of Agile.  Some use it across the board and some use it for just a few projects.  The question I frequently get from leaders and managers is why are things getting worse now that we are using Agile?!?  If this describes your experience, here are 5 questions you can use to better understand the results you are getting.
 
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Are you coaching uphill?

January 1 is a time that many people make resolutions about the new year. Lose weight. Work out more often. Eat more kale. Read more books. Be nicer to people. Don't kick the dog as much. And those are just a few of the things I had on my list.

Statistics show that nearly... Read Full Post

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

In my previous post on High-Performance Teams, I shared a framework for team maturity from the Jon Katzenbach book, The Wisdom of Teams.  That post outlined 5 levels of team maturity and performance, with High-Performance... Read Full Post

How pervasive is fear in our workplaces? Take a moment and think about your own company. Are people mostly fear free, or mostly fearful?

I ran into fear recently when working with a client new to Agile. We were talking about how Agile worked with teams. A team member asked a simple question that provided some insights into their thinking. He asked what was the punishment for teams that... Read Full Post

If your goal was to create a high-performance team, would you keep changing the team members or would you keep the team members stable?

Most organizations take the former approach. They move people around from one team to another without much consideration for the impact on team performance. Or they assign the same person to multiple teams. They don't treat teams as more than the sum of... Read Full Post