Category archives: agile adoption

Potemkin Village Agile

An interesting trend I’m noticing as Agile becomes more popular is seeing teams that say and do things that look good, but don’t seem to be accomplishing much or going anywhere. There are two types of these teams: Cargo Cult… continue reading »

My Agile 2014 Book Report

I don’t do conferences. The last Agile conference I was at was five years ago, in 2009. So although I’ve been engaged in the work, I haven’t spent much time with large groups of Agile practitioners in some while. I… continue reading »

Agile Memes, Part 1

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had some fun combining Agile concepts, humor, and memes. I thought this might be something you could find useful sharing with your team.

Dear Agile, It’s Time to Grow Up

Dear Agile. I’ve been with you a long time. Heck, I was there back in the 80s and 90s, even before you were born. Remember Fast Cycle Time? RAD? Or any of the other systems that emphasized rapid development in… continue reading »

Why I Don’t Care About Agile, Lean, Kanban, Scrum, and XP

Lately there has been quite a donnybrook in the Agile community. Is it time to leave Agile behind? As it turns out, the suits have taken over, taking all that great Agile goodness and turning it into just more command… continue reading »

Destroy The Agile Clubhouse!

I’ve seen a lot of team environments, and I don’t have the perfect answer for what’s right for your team. There. Got that out of the way. But I do believe that if you want to maximize creativity and the… continue reading »

Online Collaborative Modeling; Still Sketchy

Working with a team this week, we have a need to collaboratively model some things. It turns out this is not an easy thing to do. First, our specifications. We want something we can share with a link, that everybody… continue reading »

Your Product Owner Is An Imaginary Friend (And That’s Okay)

The Product Owner always seemed like the perfect scam in the Agile community. The basic idea was to take all the things that seemed boring and tough, and make one guy do them. Prioritize stories? Not us, it’s the Product… continue reading »

Compensation in Agile: Membership Model

How do you reward Agile teams and people on Agile teams? It’s vexed CEOs and Agile organization ever since we started using the word “Agile” On one hand, you want to reward people who perform better than others, whatever “perform… continue reading »

15 Minutes To Scale Out Agile (2013 Video)

Have more than one Agile team? You’re probably interested in some pattern to “scale out” your organization; help multiple teams work together as efficiently as possible. So what are the various options out there? What’s been tested, what has the… continue reading »

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