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

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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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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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

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

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

Agile projects are more successful than waterfall projects. There, I said it. And I have the statistics from the Standish Group to back it up.

I’ve been a follower of the Standish Group Chaos Studies for a long time.  The Standish Group has conducted surveys of IT project success and failure rates every 2 years since 1994. Initially the statistics were really bad with... Read Full Post

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