Category Archives: Agility

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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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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Filling Spaces

When did good enough become ‘enough’?  The more clients I work with, and more teams I encounter- the more I think complacency has become the new norm!  Enter Parkinson’s Law.  For those of you not familiar, Parkinson’s law is nothing … Continue reading

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Personal Responsibility

I recently heard a tale of a complete lack of personal responsibility, that I am a bit ashamed to say, made me chuckle. At a house next to my folks, there lived an elderly couple.  They had at one point, … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Weather

It’s funny how things evolve in this world. Consider for amoment, the whole philosophy of project management. This started, from what I have read,with a guy trying to forecast how much pig iron could be effectively mined by a labor-force … Continue reading

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Back to Basics

I recently taught a Certified Scrum Master Course to 5 co-workers. In preparation for this, I spent countless hours over many late nights developing course material, slide decks, and exercises that were replayed many times on my family!  I even … Continue reading

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