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Agile

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 was responsible for completely rewriting the […]

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 small team of enablers
You would like to deliver incremental, measurable […]

SCRUM IS NOT THE END. IT IS A MEANS TO THE END…

The end goal of empirically building strong, self-organizing Scrum Teams to help your business…

Increase Sustainable Value
Sustainably Decrease Waste &
Sustainably Manage Risk

It seems quite straightforward, however, as you start traveling down this path, you may run into complex challenges with no clear, […]

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 for you being […]

EMBARRASSING DISCOVERY

True Story from when I was Agile Coach for a Multi-Billion Dollar, Fortune 15 Giant…

It was a large Agile program and we had new team members joining the program in waves. Not everyone was familiar with Agile and we did not have money for in-person training. So we had to do the next best […]

 

As I look back at the different software delivery organizations I travelled with on the path of business agility, I started noticing some patterns in the risks that often slow down or derailed our journeys. Nine key risks stood out in my mind, but I […]

Have you ever been to an Indian Lunch Buffet? Assuming that it did not give you indigestion, and that you enjoyed the food, what are your top five favorite dishes? I am going to go on a limb and try to guess them here…

Naan Bread or Biryani
Tandoori Chicken
Chicken Tikka Masala
Saag Paneer
Gulab Jamun or Kheer
Now, imagine a much ballyhooed Indian restaurant called – ‘Something Palace’ opens up a branch next to your work place. What’s special about this location is that it offers your top five favorite dishes in the unlimited lunch buffet every single day! Even better – for $10.99 you get a groupon for a lifetime of lunches at this location. Would you buy it?

Surgeon General’s Warning: This is a long and convoluted blog with many unexpected twists and turns. Readers are advised to get cozy under a soft, warm blanky (snuggy would be ideal, though not mandatory), with a hot cup of cider, tea or hot chocolate before commencing the journey.

I am going to start this blog with a very hard question – one that has baffled mankind through the ages and will continue to do so in the centuries to come…What is your most memorable Steve Martin moment? There are probably too many to choose from. Is it the scene from ‘L.A. Story’ where he is hugging the talking freeway billboard? Maybe a scene from ‘Father of the Bride’ where he is battling Martin Short? Clouseau trying to pronounce Hamburger in ‘Pink Panther’? Watching Alec Baldwin on Meryl Streep’s laptop in ‘It’s Complicated’? Or it could be something from ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, which I am ashamed to admit I have not yet seen.

So how would you pack for a week long trip to Maui in May? Especially if you are not flying South West and don’t want to dip into your (rapidly diminishing) retirement savings? The answer is lightly.

That’s what my wife and I tried to remember, as we packed for our Memorial Day vacation earlier this year…

One of us packed the obligatory backpack full of hard cover books that would never be read and the other took an electronic reading device. The other packed a light-weight, technological advanced reading device

(My wife is behind the curve and refused to make use of the latest technological advances. She is still on the Kindle and WILL NOT upgrade to the iPad. I read books the way God meant us to read them – on paper!)

As usual, for some strange reason, I insisted on…

I realized four things about myself after reading Carols Pearson’s book – Awakening the Heroes Within –

I am passionate about supporting and inspiring my team
I love to seek out new approaches to solve problems
I get energized by sharing what I learn to help others
I am most fulfilled when I can see a vision realized
This mapped to four Archetypes-
Caregiver – Makes a difference to others
Seeker – Searches for a unique identity, path, or solution
Sage – Shares wisdom with the world
Magician – Uses intuition and insight to catalyze change