I’m Not Calling Your Baby Ugly – Two Ways and 25 Dimensions to Compare Agile Scaling Frameworks

True Story... Many times, clients ask Agile Coaches like me to come in and share our "expertise" with them. But sometimes they really don't want our "Expertise". What they really want is someone with lots of TLA's to come and tell them that there pre-existing opinions...
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SLEEPLESS IN CXO LAND: HOW SMART CXO’S BEAT STRESS WITH STRATEGIC SCRUM

THE (MIXED) BLESSING OF NEXTGEN REWRITES  About 10 years ago, I experienced the mixed blessing of being part of yet another nextgen rewrite project. I was guiding a team of about 25 really smart team members, part of a much larger team of about 150+ people. Our team...
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Agility As A Choice - 10 Questions For Choice-Based Agile Enablement

Agility-As-A-Service: 10 Questions For Choice-Based Agile Enablement

IMAGINE Imagine you have just been asked to build an Agility Enablement Organization for your company. Sounds like fun, but there are some constraints you need to work within or around… There are 100+ teams with varying levels of interest in Agile You only have a...
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2017 Waste Loss Challenge: Reduce Your Sabotagile Quotient!

NEW YEAR RESOLUTION So it's a new year. New Year, new start, yadda yadda yadda... Maybe you are considering some New Year Resolutions so I wanted to invite you to take our 2017 waste-loss challenge by decreasing your Sabotagile Quotient. This challenge builds upon my...
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AGILE OR SABOTAGILE: HELP YOUR MANAGEMENT UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE

EMBARRASSING CONFESSION OK, so this will be awkward, and maybe cringe-inducing post. But we are approaching the new year. Plenty of people might be making new year resolutions. Many will be around fitness. So everyone needs to read this. I was once really impressed by...
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(Why) Will Agile Work This Time…?

BURNING QUESTION Last year, I was facilitating a workshop on Agile and began the conversation, as usual with introductions. I asked each attendee what was the most important burning question that brought them to the workshop. One of the attendees replied - "We have...

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CAN YOU HELP ME WRITE THIS STORY…?

It is my favorite time of the year - Fall, the season of thanks, reflection and resolutions. As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, I look back with thanks and appreciation at all this year has given to us. Among other things, I am thankful...

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TRUE CERTIFICATION – EARNED OR PURCHASED?

"Eventbrite Order Notification" - This is probably one of the best mails I receive as a ScrumTrainer 🙂 It usually means I have another student with whom I can share my passion for Scrum. Sometimes it doesn't quite work that way. Last year, I got this notification for...

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THE ITER-FALL DIET – WILL IT MAKE YOUR TEAMS AGILE?

Sometimes when we try Agile, our initial process might look a little bit like something I call an "Iter-Fall" Sandwich - a mixture between Iterative Software Development and Waterfall. In an extreme case, we might have the following "iterations"... 1. Requirements...

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