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

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

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

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

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

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

No matter what team I’m a part of or what meeting I’m in, the topic of smaller user stories is regularly broached. The reason? Because it is really important. At the same time, smallerizing stories can be quite challenging. However, as challenging as it can be, it is well worth the effort. Here are some reasons why I think it is beneficial to create small user stories.

Small... Read Full Post

After being involved with many Agile teams across a wide range of organizations - one thing is certain: each group will have their own style and flavor. No organization - whether a startup or Fortune 50 company - or team - distributed or collocated - will be the same. And in my opinion, that is a positive thing that adds value - not only to that specific situation, but to the Agile community... Read Full Post

Earlier this week I was facilitating a discussion on agile estimating at a Meetup. A question came up about whether or not the product owner of a scrum team should participate in team estimation via planning poker. The majority of the people felt that the PO should not be included. A minority of the people felt that it was OK to include them, and I agreed. What do you think? Do you include or... Read Full Post