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Author: Anthony Mersino

Stop Trying to Control People
Agile Coach
Anthony Mersino

Stop Trying to Control People

I recently received an email from a colleague I’ve known for nearly 20 years. It started with this line: “You should be speaking here…” I flagged it as junk and

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What is Agile Leadership
Agile Leaders
Anthony Mersino

What is Agile Leadership? (part 1)

This may sound like an easy question, but what is Agile Leadership? I’ve written all about Agile Leaders for example in The Agile Leaders Role in Transformation and How Leaders

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snowplow in agile push work to future sprints
Agile Project Management
Anthony Mersino

Stop Snowplowing in Agile

This time of year in Chicago I can’t help thinking about snow. We haven’t had a real snowstorm yet but it is inevitable. What should not be inevitable is snowplowing.

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The 5 Best Agile Books for 2020
Agile Project Management
Anthony Mersino

The 5 Best Agile Books for 2021

I am frequently asked about the best books for learning about agile and Scrum. It’s not easy to answer.  I have nearly 100 books on agile-related topics and there are

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how to user story
Agile Methodology
Anthony Mersino

How to User Story

User stories are extremely popular with agile teams and have become nearly synonymous with agile ways of working and Scrum, even though they are not part of the Scrum Framework.

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debunking scrum myths
Scrum Framework
Anthony Mersino

Debunking Popular Scrum Myths

Eighty percent of people who are using agile today use some flavor of the Scrum Framework. As you can imagine, there is a lot of variance in how Scrum is

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Clearwater Good Vibes Wanted Focus on the Positive
Agile Leaders
Anthony Mersino

Wanted: Good Vibes Only

I want some good vibes. And less bad vibes. Yup, I decided that I’d had enough negativity coming at me from all directions. From now on it is good vibes

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Agile Certifications Challenge Progress Graph April 2020
Agile Certification
Anthony Mersino

Agile Certification Challenge 2020

Bewildered by the circus of over 250 Agile and Scrum Certifications on the market today? Wondering which certifications hold the most value? Me too! In January 2020 I announced my

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Avoid À la Carte Agile Approaches
Agile Methodology
Anthony Mersino

Avoid À la Carte Agile Approaches

Some people like to pick and choose practices from different agile approaches  and mix them together with Waterfall. Unless you are experienced and understand the why behind the practice, this

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almost done kanban scrum board
Agile Methodology
Anthony Mersino

It’s “Almost Done”

When I hear that something is “almost done”, I get worried. You see, almost done is not done. It is started or underway. It may even be not started but

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hybrid-agile3
Agile Methodology
Anthony Mersino

What is Hybrid Agile?

Hybrid Agile is a common expression but what does it really mean? Learn the various form of hybrid and blended agile and why organizations are adopting them.

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Most Agile Transformations Will Fail6
Agile Transformation
Anthony Mersino

Most Agile Transformations Will Fail

The sad reality is that though well-intentioned, most agile transformations fail. By fail I mean they are canceled, reversed or fall short of delivering the desired results. To be clear,

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Fake Agile is a Real Thing
Agile Methodology
Anthony Mersino

Fake Agile is a Real Thing

Fake Agile is actually a real thing, and that comes from the US government. Granted, the US government may be one of the last places you’d look to determine if

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Do We Really Need Co-Located Agile Teams?
High Performing Teams
Anthony Mersino

Do We Really Need Co-Located Teams?

As an Agile Coach, I’ve been an advocate for co-located teams for the last 10 years. In previous posts, I’ve argued hard against the popular convention of using distributed teams.

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too many meetings in scrum
Scrum Framework
Anthony Mersino

There Are Too Many Scrum Meetings

A pretty common complaint with the Scrum Framework is that there are too many Scrum meetings. Let’s explore this complaint to understand if it is valid, why it might occur,

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Using Agile Tool or Playing a Game
Agile Methodology
Anthony Mersino

9 Pitfalls of Using Agile Tools

Most teams who use Agile or Scrum today use some type of online agile tool or Agile Lifecycle Management Tool (ALM Tool). While I do believe there are some benefits

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Self-Organizing Teams Planning in Scrum Board
High Performing Teams
Anthony Mersino

Why Self-Organizing Teams are Better

Many people are confused about the concept of self-organizing teams. They either equate it with anarchy or confuse self-organizing with self-forming, self-directed or self-managing. What does self-organizing really mean and

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How To Spot a Bad Agile Coach
Agile Coach
Anthony Mersino

How to Spot a Bad Agile Coach

I’ve written about agile coaching before including how to succeed as an agile coach, what makes an agile coach effective and the top 10 traits of an agile coach. This

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We Fix Bad Scrum
Scrum Framework
Anthony Mersino

We Fix Bad Scrum

We’ve all seen it – Scrum Gone Bad I think we have all seen Bad Scrum and misuse of the Scrum Framework. Sometimes Scrum started out good with a solid understanding of Scrum,

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Latest Updates to the Scrum Guide
Scrum Framework
Anthony Mersino

Latest Updates to the Scrum Guide (2017)

The new Scrum Guide, the definitive reference for the Scrum Framework, is out. As of November 7, Scrum co-creators Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber published an updated version of the Scrum Guide.

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The Myth of the Agile Project Manager
Agile Project Management
Anthony Mersino

The Myth of the Agile Project Manager

Between Santa Claus, Big Foot and the Agile Project Manager, which exists? Few people argue for the existence of Big Foot or Santa Claus, though most believe that Agile Project

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Agile Practice Guide and PMBOK Guide
Agile Methodology
Anthony Mersino

Agile Practice Guide

PMI Produced a Guide to the Agile Methodology? Some of you may be surprised as I was to learn about PMI’s 2017 collaboration with the Agile Alliance. The result was an

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6 Steps to Develop your Agile Training Plan
Agile Training
Anthony Mersino

How to Develop Your Agile Training Plan

If you are planning an agile pilot or even a full-blown agile transformation, a critical consideration is your Agile Training Plan. After all, people need to understand Agile generally and specific

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What NOT to do as an Agile Coach
Agile Coach
Anthony Mersino

What NOT to do as an Agile Coach

Earlier this year I provided some good agile coach tips in my post, What makes an Agile Coach Effective. I talked about how agile coaches won’t succeed if people aren’t

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Google Findings on High-Performing Teams
High Performing Teams
Anthony Mersino

High-Performing Teams – What Google Found

I was excited to read this recent New York Times Article describing research done by Google to determine the characteristics of their high-performing teams. In the Aristotle study, Google investigated the data

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Indications it is time to hire an agile coach
Agile Coach
Anthony Mersino

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? This quick guide gives 8 indications that it is time

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