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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Testy with Me, Bernaise!

My Fellow Qualitarians, Why is it that testing seems to be the common Achilles’ Heel for many *agile* organizations and teams?  Is it because of a shortage of literature?  A shortage of expertise?  Does it just not make sense?  I … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Coaching, Geese, Term Papers- Oh My!

A mainstream service and buzzword that has surfaced in the agile world is the concept of Agile Coaching. You might think to yourself- why would I need a coach, specifically for agile? Or, coaches are for sports, not‘business’. Contrary to … Continue reading

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Change is Hard- and Agile Ain’t Easy, Either

Thinking back upon the teams that I have been a part of, the really successful ones- we always went through what is called “Schneider’s Classic Change Curve”. You know the one, kind of like ‘Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing’… It starts … Continue reading

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Agile Applied

I used to build houses in Mexico for a charitable organization. I have done 15 of these trips, having played the role as ‘grunt’ on the first 8 or so, team lead on 3 or 4, and construction lead on … Continue reading

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