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

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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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

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 is a summary of a successful organizational transformation to Scrum.  A more detailed writeup of this Bank of America Client Success story is available for download.

In 2013, we worked with the Director of Global Markets... Read Full Post

Last month I wrote about a couple of blog posts on LinkedIn about the death of Agile.  Though the author admitted he was speaking tongue in cheek (and clearly hyping the topic by using an image of a nuclear explosion), he raised... 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

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

A key part of an Agile Transformation for an organization is forming teams. The starting point for most organizations is typically a functional organization structure with each existing person being assigned to multiple projects. The end goal of team formation is to establish stable, cross-functional teams with full-time team members. Ideally, each team is co-located in the same place.  Our... Read Full Post