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

Are you holding Your Agile Teams Back?

I always thought that crew looked like a cool sport and I've admired crew teams. In crew, team members in lightweight boats race to go as fast as possible. It is hard work! I think the crew team is a useful metaphor for Scrum teams. 

Crew teams strive for speed so they keep everything as light as possible by eliminating anything heavy or unecessary. The more strong people that are... 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

Succeed with Scrum; Don't Break these 7 Rules

Is your organization undermining the benefits of Scrum without even knowing it? As an agile coach, I find that many of my clients today are trying to improve on their use of Scrum. Scrum is a simple agile framework that can be difficult to implement. For some, it is difficult because people continue to do things the same way with Scrum as they had done previously. Or they misunderstand or... Read Full Post

Scrum Teams Aren't Chickens and Pigs

People don't use the pigs and chicken metaphor in Scrum much anymore. I tend to agree with the reasons for avoiding it - it tends to create an Us vs. Them mentality. 

Us is the Scrum Team, or the pigs. The "committed" individuals who are responsible for delivering the... 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

Tips for an Effective Daily Scrum Meeting

I am working closely with some distributed Scrum Teams and seeing some challenges with the daily Scrum Meeting.  They are probably typical challenges for all new Scrum teams and include some habits developed over years of using other processes.  These habits are harder to break because these teams are distributed and reliant on phones or Skype to communicate.

The key person to help the... Read Full Post

How Important is it to Co-Locate Agile Teams?

I've been an advocate for co-located teams for quite some time.  However, I seem to be in the minority when pushing for co-location.  Am I crazy for thinking that if we put people together, we will get better results?  

My writing on the topic has gotten a lot of pushback over the years including from other Agile coaches. Some is easy to dismiss.  The Agile Practice Lead for Cognizant... 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