Peter Drucker ’s view is integral to the values of Scrum

Peter Drucker said, “Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.” Many years later, Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle, wrote the first book about Scrum titled “Agile Software Development with Scrum.” In Chapter 9 they mentioned five Scrum values, one of which

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Scrum as an agent of culture change part 2

In part one of this series, we defined culture. We also described why it is both critical and hard to work on. Finally, we left you with a teaser that there is a pretty good pattern we’ve seen for how to kind of hack your culture for the

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20 Common Logical Fallacies – Don’t Be a Victim!

Faulty thinking is part of life. We’re not perfect, nor do we think perfectly. It is, however, helpful to identify faulty thinking in our own mental processes. Sometimes, merely being aware of how we think can help us stay away from potential pitfalls in our

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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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New to Agile? Use a Rules of Engagement document.

US-original-Declaration-1776How do we work together? Seems like a simple question, right? How wrong you could be!  For an agile team, working together is vitally important, but it is also the hardest thing to accomplish.  Why?  Because we don’t

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Agile antipattern: Hiding unfortunate truths

headinsand“Unfortunate truths” are things which are true – unfortunately!  I’ve heard the phrase used by defense lawyers and I have to admit it is pretty funny to hear something like “Well, my client would have been found not guilty except for the unfortunate truth that his fingerprints

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