Your How To Guide For Agile Success

Looking for resources to help you succeed with Agile or make the transition to Scrum?  You’ve come to the right place.  Bookmark this guide and leverage it for all questions you have related to Agile Pilots, Training, and Transformation.

Whether you are just beginning to learn about Agile and Scrum and need guidance on best strategies for an Agile pilot, or a seasoned Agile Leader who... Read Full Post

How to Successfully Transition from Waterfall to Scrum

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

Things to Consider When Planning a Scrum Pilot or Agile Transformation

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

Moving from Waterfall to Scrum - A Client Success Story

Several years ago I had the opportunity to support a growing consulting firm with their transformation to Scrum. It's been exciting to watch Highland Solutions learn, adapt, and grow as a team in their ability to organize and deliver great client solutions.

The attached Case Study describes their approach and some of their learning along the way.  It also highlights the significant... Read Full Post

How Leaders Can Use Agile to Solve Common Organizational Challenges

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to teach 3 classes in a row, 2 for clients and one at Northwestern University.  In those classes, I learned a few things from the attendees.  These were challenges that the participants saw to implementing Agile in their organization.  They were often stated as objections or ways in which they did not think Agile would work for them. 
 
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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

We Are Using Agile - Why Are Things Getting Worse?

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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How do you Coach in An Organization that Doesn’t Want Change?

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.

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When to Hire an Agile Coach

How does an organization decide it is time to hire an Agile Coach? What are the indications that coaching is needed?

Last week I wrote about exit criteria for Agile Coaching - how to know when you no longer need a coach. Thanks to those of you who shared your insights! This week I am looking at 'entrance criteria' for coaching. That is, how would an organization know that they needed a... Read Full Post

Reports of the Death of Agile Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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