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Want to be more Agile? Be more Disciplined…

That’s right.  I said it.  To be more agile, you must be more disciplined, rigid. The thing about agile that strikes me funny is how misunderstood it really is.  So many folks think that it is a license to freelance or freewheel, or something, which invariably is never “free” from cost, rework, technical debts, etc.- especially as […]

Lawn Mowing for Dummies

I’ve always loved those ‘Dummies’ books.  Probably because I can be a ‘dummy’ at times, but more likely because the authors do such a great job with separating information, and cutting to the chase on specific concepts. The other day, I had my usual outdoor chores to take care of, one of them lawn mowing. […]

You Kan(ban) Do It!

A topic of interest that seems to be gaining some steam around the agile community and with some of our clients is Kanban.  Kanban is a Japanese term that is literally translated ‘signboard’, often cited as ‘card wall’.  The practice of using a Kanban has permeated many agile frameworks, and is sourced from lean methods, […]

Focus.

As coaches,  our focus has to be impacting how effective our team of developers work with Agile processes  and requirements for the development of software.  Everything else is just noise. (Created from ‘wordle’ with the text from the 12 Agile Principles of the Agile Manifesto)

Some People’s Kids!

I’m just going to put it out there- sometimes, ‘Directed Scrum’ can be okay. One of the focal points of Scrum, and let’s face it- Agile in general, is the concept of the “Self-Organizing Team.”  The generally accepted definition of Agile Software Development is: Agile software development is a group of software development methods based on iterative and […]

Juggling

I once heard that ‘Juggling is more about throwing than it is catching’.  So, that begs the question- are you throwing at least as much as you’re catching? One of the hardest things to do, as a hands-on ‘doer’ and coach, is to delegate (throw).  In doing so, I’ve violated one of the key learning patterns- […]

Little League

I recently started coaching a little league team.  This is my 3rd year, in part or in whole. And like software projects, it’s funny how you always seem to have some of the same concerns, right at the beginning. For this baseball league, I have no control over the random seeding of players that I […]

Correlation is not Causation

I am continually amazed at the stream of requests that I receive for ‘ROI’ with Agile. NEWS FLASH:  (as immortalized by Admiral Akbar) It’s a trap! The moment the first number trickles from your lips- you are locked into this rate on return.  No appeals due to environment, team composition, corporate politics, etc.  Stuck. This […]