When first studying Karate, you spend considerable time working on the basics. You will be taught to block, punch, kick, fall, and so forth. You perform the most basic activities over and over again. You stretch, do pushups, and other exercises to build flexibility and strength. Your instructor will walk around the dojo and give … More To build an agile organization, take Karate
The profession of Agile Coaching is dead according to Mariya Breyter in her talk at Big Apple Scrum Day 2015. She says there are currently too many people with too few skills acting as Agile Coaches and leaving members of the industry hiring anyone who has ‘Scrum Master’ on their resume as an agile coach. … More Stop saying ‘agile’
Introduction Starting an agile transformation is no small task. You may have years worth of culture, process, and organizational thinking that’s calcified preventing your company from competing with fast moving startups. Maybe you have trouble attracting talent, making good on commitments, or worse yet: keeping customers. Many companies looking for a place to start and … More Starting the fires of change in a frigid organization
A bank I am coaching has a team using Scrum. They are focused on delivering security related features to protect the bank from external and internal threats. This non-software based Scrum team struggled for several Sprints on the idea of value. The specifically struggled with how to break up large pieces of work into small pieces of value. … More Fully Baked Cookies: A Scrum Success Story
An Engineer Joke: On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the midst of the French Revolution the revolting citizens led a priest, a drunkard and an engineer to the guillotine. They ask the priest if he wants to face up or down when he meets his fate. The priest says he would like to face up … More Professional Sprint Reviews
One look at this linked image and you immediately think of unhappiness, but look closer….does it represent unhappiness or one really unhappy individual drawing focus away from a very happy group. Has that ever happened to you before? A team I was working with predictably came to this same conclusion, which reinforced my assumptions. We … More What is the mood of this room?
Several millennia of wisdom has been passed from generation to generation. Often it is passed by word of mouth or shared experience. To those lucky enough to have grandparents share their wealth of knowledge and experiences, what follows will seem common sense. For the rest of us, and especially those in the software industry, I … More Small Batch Wisdom