March 27, 2020

Even before the pandemic many of us were working with people in other locations. As I write this, almost all knowledge workers around the world are working from home.

If you want some tips on how to make great teams happen despite the distance, please feel free to download this presentation on how to build great teams across time and space without fantasy...

March 9, 2020

Some critics of the Scaled Agile Framework complain that it is too prescriptive. Generally speaking this comes from people who have not had much exposure to the most recent versions which focus on core competencies instead of specific practices (although those still obviously exist). Yet, oddly enough, I have taught hundreds of people, and the typical fol...

March 6, 2020

I get asked this question all the time when I coach organizations on adopting Agile processes. OK, I'm going to schedule the meeting; what should the agenda be?

In short, I propose one agenda for ALL meetings. It's based off of the group's Kanban board and it's fairly simple:

  1. What's been completed since we last met? Let's celebrate that.

  2. What's pro...

May 16, 2019

As strange as it seems, IT and Business people have a LOT to learn from people who play videogames. Think about it for a moment, a lot of us hold up self-organizing, self-motivated teams as an ideal, and what is more self-organizing than a group of people who choose to work together with no management structure?


Today's lesson comes from an esport analyst...

April 29, 2019

Poor Operations. The Operations group often seems to be forgotten stepchild of the organization. What should IT do about its Ops Org?

March 19, 2019

Waterfall wasn't supposed to happen. The Scaled Agile Framework is a much better approach.

January 16, 2019

Reduce risk by shrinking your batch size.

June 1, 2018

A trip to a theme park changed my view of what's important, and now I focus on optimization instead of efficiency.

May 25, 2018

Ahh Waterfall. Every Agilist's favorite enemy. If there's one thing the Agile community can agree on, it's that Waterfall is bad. "You're waterfalling your iterations;"  "we're going to have an agile/waterfall hybrid;" and "we're never going to get rid of waterfall" are common statements. The problem is that the meaning of those statements varies dependin...

July 23, 2017

What did a group of directors for one of the world’s top brands have in common with a group of developers?

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