An Exciting Benefit of Agile Transformation

A few months ago I had a conversation with a development manager whose teams had transitioned to Scrum earlier in the year. The development manager said he was really happy with the transition to Scrum and how productive, transparent and collaborative the teams had become. Then almost as an afterthought, he mentioned another benefit of Agile Transformation that excited me.... Read Full Post

Ask, Don’t Tell - How Agile Leaders Nurture High-Performing Teams

One of the most underutilized tools in the Agile Leaders toolkit is the question. Asking great questions is a powerful way to lead and to nurture high performing teams. Done well, this style of leadership moves from directing, telling and commanding to one of curiosity, learning, and adaptation. And it is a style that anyone can learn to use effectively.

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Your How-To Guide For Success with an Agile Methodology

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

Whether you are just beginning to learn about Scrum or another Agile Methodology, or you want to understand the best strategies for... Read Full Post

5 Key Differences Between Agile Adoption and Agile Transformation

A common question I get during my Agile training courses is what is the difference between Agile Adoption and Agile Transformation. It's a great question. I see five key differences worth talking about.


But first let's agree on our terminology. These are my working definitions for these two terms though I realize that people don't use these two terms consistently.

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Client Success Story - Moving from Waterfall to the Scrum Framework

Several years ago I had the opportunity to support a growing consulting firm to move from waterfall development to the Scrum Framework. 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 on Transition to Scrum describes... Read Full Post

Don't Use a Distributed Team with the Scrum Framework!

Recent studies show that 3 out of 4 Scrum Software Development Teams are distributed, meaning that at least some of the team members are not in the same location. Co-location is one of 12 factors that can contribute to or detract from high-performing teams. This article explores the 12 factors that... Read Full Post

How to Use the Scrum Framework with Distributed Teams

In my previous article, I argued that using a distributed team with the Scrum Framework was a bad idea and advised against it. There is sufficient information to show that distributed Scrum teams perform poorly compared to those that are co-located. However, everyone does it anyway! As Jeff Patton once... Read Full Post

The 5 Vital Relationships That All Agile Leaders Need (part 2)

In my previous post, I introduced the first 3 of 5 relationships that I consider vital for Agile Leaders, or leaders in any context. This post contains the fourth and fifth relationships.

#4 – Relationship with Your Stakeholders

The fourth important relationship is with your... Read Full Post

The 5 Vital Relationships That All Agile Leaders Need (part 1)

Success as an Agile Leader is not about Working Harder

If you find yourself working harder than ever but not getting the results you want, perhaps more hard work is not the answer. Leaders today - Agile Leaders or otherwise - need to do more than simply work hard; they need leverage. That leverage comes from building relationships.

And by the way, all of us are expected to be... Read Full Post

We Fix Bad Scrum Framework

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, good leadership, an effective Scrum Master, an engaged and empowered Product Owner and a hopeful and open-minded Dev Team. But then somewhere along the way it went bad. Maybe the leadership... Read Full Post