Principle Based Agile/Scrum Adoption

I’m a pragmatist.  I need things to make sense. So, when something like principles are introduced to me, I start to ponder questions like… What is a principle? Where did these principles come from? Are all these really principles? How do these principles relate to each other? Why should I care? Etc. Yep, I can

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The Context for Agility

Some people learn best by reading. Others prefer video. So, I’ve created a video of my blog post: The Future of Agile, Changing the World of Work. The video puts agility into its historic context, examining the generational waves of new and better ways for organizations to approach their work in a world of

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Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption

I had invested years of my life in a ground up, large-scale agile adoption. The early years of the adoption seemed to go at breakneck speed. Teams were adopting scrum with great success. People were feeling more engaged, products were getting better, and the company was benefiting. And then it felt like we hit a wall. Despite

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Be Better, Don’t Limit Yourself to Best Practices

We hear a lot about best practices. We talk a lot about them. Many organizations are of the opinion that if they can identify the best practice, they are set. Of course, that thinking can be limiting in a number of ways. We need to be better, not

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New to agile? Lean principles can help!

Ever see a trash can look like that?  I know I have – plenty of times.  I have 3 kids so I sometimes even see it in my own house!  It is amazing how kids can walk right past a full trash can and decide it

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New to agile? Remember to respect people

norespectOne of the Lean Principles is “Respect People.”  I think it may be the most important lean principle.  When I teach a course and get to this principle I tell people I have yet to see any organization which does this really well.  They are

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New to agile? Keep it very simple

When dealing with an agile implementation, particularly in the case of a new agile team, we often make things too complex and difficult.  We tend to keep putting band-aids on the process until we have something that is overly burdensome and no longer useful.  I’ve now seen

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Agile antipattern: Treating symptoms not causes

Agile teams often get to a point where they have a number of problems which must be addressed.  During retrospectives these items keep coming up and not going away, so the team decides to try and fix the problems.  In order to do this

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