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

I was excited to read this recent New York Times Article describing research done by Google to determine the characteristics of the best performing teams. Google studied the data on team performance to glean what they could about how to create high performing teams.... Read Full Post

Many organizations today are running experiments with Agile approaches or the Scrum Framework.  A few then decide to Adopt Agile, or embark on an Agile Transformation, which I characterize as a process of transforming the organization structure and culture to one that fosters true business agility.  

I am working with several clients who are in the midst of... Read Full Post

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

The second edition of my emotional intelligence book includes a new chapter, Success with Agile Teams. Anyone who has used Agile methods though will attest to the fact that leading Agile teams is not the same as leading traditional teams. Agile teams are... Read Full Post