I frequently meet with managers of software development teams to talk about Agile. They get excited when I talk about Agile and Scrum and how they might improve their software development processes and team productivity.  When I describe the rigor and discipline of Scrum teams and the mindset change required to support empowered and self-organizing teams, they tend to bristle. Letting go of... Read Full Post

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

The 5th Agile Principle says to hire motivated people and empower and trust them. The opposite of this would be to hire unmotivated people and to disempower and micromanage them.  Is it just me or is that what happens quite frequently in organizations?

In a recent training class, I had 3 new Scrum teams and their managers in the room.  I had to ask the managers to... Read Full Post

I met with some of the key internal champions for Agile at a client recently and they asked for my help.  They have been trying to grow the agile teams in the organization and mature their practices and they found that their teams had hit a wall and were not progressing.  It was as if they had run into a brick wall.  

That brick wall was the executive leadership team.  The leadership... 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

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

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

Leadership undoubtedly plays a large role in helping Agile succeed. Here are five ways that leaders can help enable the success of an Agile program.

Create the right kind of environment

Creating an environment where people can take risks, experiment, fail and learn is extremely important if teams are going to continuously... Read Full Post

I was working with an Agile Coaching client in Chicago this week.  Even though they are a large and conservative firm, they want their technology teams to become more Agile.  They have just a few Scrum teams at this time representing perhaps 20% of their IT portfolio.

I was meeting with the PMO to review the required documentation for the Scrum Teams.  The PMO produced a spreadsheet... Read Full Post