Using the Scrum Framework? Stay in your Lane

Last month I wrote about bad Scrum and other abuse of the Scrum Framework. One of the common abuses that I see in organizations using Scrum is that they don't properly use the 3 Scrum roles. To be effective, these three Scrum roles need to be implemented properly and protected. Like bowlers in a bowling alley, we need each of the... Read Full Post

Don't Overlook this Requirement for High Performing Teams

Most leaders would claim that they want high-performing teams but many of them don't know what it takes to create them. In some cases, leaders actually behave in ways that undermine high-performing teams.

Can Leaders Create High Performing Teams?

How do you create High-Performance Teams?  More specifically, how do you create high-performing teams from your current employees?... Read Full Post

How Do You Motivate Agile Teams to Become High Performing Teams?

Most people have no idea what motivates teams or creates high-performing teams. And even if you tell them, they don't seem to remember or care.

I've had more than a few conversations over the last few years that led me to this conclusion, and I have heard some pretty outlandish and offensive things.

  • "the teams are lazy"
  • "I know I would treat this with more urgency... Read Full Post
 Scrum Framework Update: The New Scrum Guide for 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 have published an updated version of the Scrum Guide. The last three revisions were in 2011, 2013 and 2016 so this is a relatively fast update since July 2016. 

In terms of the magnitude of changes to the Scrum Guide, this... Read Full Post

Agile Projects are More Successful than Traditional Projects

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

What is the Leader's Role in an Agile Transformation?

Many organizations today are running Agile pilots or are attempting an Agile Transformation. They want the flexibility and business agility that Agile methods promise. Leaders play a key role in the Agile Transformation. It is only with a solid understanding of this critical role that the transformation will succeed and deliver the promised benefits.

What is Agile... Read Full Post

How to Successfully Transition from Waterfall to the Scrum Framework

One of the most common conversations I’ve had with clients over the last few years is how to move from waterfall development to using the Scrum Framework. 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 organization.  ... Read Full Post

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.

Statistics show that nearly half of us abandon our resolutions within the first month of the... Read Full Post

Why Agile Projects are Better

As you have probably noticed by now, I am a huge fan of Agile approaches and ways of working. This post is about some of the key aspects of Agile that I really like.  These 12 characteristics really highlight the key benefits of Agile methods, and how they relate to some of the areas of concern I had when leading traditional projects. I hope that you will find them useful as well. 

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The Myth of the Project Manager in Agile Project Management

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 Managers exist. I would contend that none of them exist, especially the Agile project manager. (BTW we used a photo of a Wookie for Big Foot since all the pictures we had of Big Foot were blurry.)

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