Category Archives: Agility

Are We There Yet?

Like children in the back seat of a car, our stakeholders can be incessant at times, don’t you think?  Projects seldom go as planned, or are even delivered in some nearby variant of ‘on-time, on-budget’.  So how do we know … Continue reading

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Tractor For Sale

I once heard a story, that I cannot corroborate; but sounds too true in general, and with our approach on so many things. Russia had an immense work force in the earlier 1900’s, but lacked the mechanization to take them … 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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