One question that I get frequently from leaders during Agile training is about how to make sure everyone is busy.  How do we make sure that we are getting the most out of every person?  Some will even ask about how to make sure everyone is giving 100%, or 110%.

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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

During training courses, I often think it would be helpful to have all of Scrum and Agile summarized on one page.  It’s actually not so easy!  Even though the Agile Manifesto is just 4 values and 12 principles, and the Scrum Guide is 17 pages, it is still hard to summarize all that on one slide.  We’ve tried anyway, and I am interested in your opinion on our efforts. 
 
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I have a client that has been using Agile for the last 3 years.  Let me restate that, this client has been using A.I.N.O. for the last 3 years.  I am working with him to implement Scrum.  With him and his team I have to refer to this as implementing a "more disciplined Scrum" because unfortunately, everyone believes they were already doing Scrum. 
 
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I recently had a participant tell me that my agile training class was 1,000% better than he expected. Which I took as a great compliment, even though I noted the hyperbole.  When pressed to explain why, he said that his previous Agile training had been horrible.  Which got me wondering if I was that much better, or if the expectations were simply low.
 
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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

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

Being a Scrum Master or Agile Coach is a challenging job!  We've created this page to help you to grow so that you can improve the productivity and effectiveness of your team.  Whether it is deepening your understanding of the rules of Scrum, improving your ability to lead scrum events skillfully, or simply hearing stories about coaching that didn't work, we hope you will find the resources on... Read Full Post

Imagine that you have a favorite restaurant and that you go there all the time. The restaurant's specialty is the veal chop. You love the restaurant and the veal and you recommend it to everyone.  You have a good friend who visits your restaurant based on your recommendation. But rather than getting the veal, she orders the spaghetti and meatballs. Her husband orders the vegan burger, which... Read Full Post

I meet with a lot of organizations who want to be Agile. When I ask why, most will respond with mechanical and tactical reasons:

  • Improve On Time Delivery
  • Align Business and Technology
  • Flexibility to Respond to Change 

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