Yet Another Meeting?! Ways to Recharge Your Daily Scrum

Let’s cut to the chase:  No one likes meetings.  A status meeting every day is enough to drive you crazy.

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Technical Debt Isn’t Really a Metaphor

Welcome to my new blog on the Agile for All site! Along with new posts, I’ll be interleaving updated, edited, and timely posts from my earlier independent blog. My posts will lean towards technical practices and skills, but always with an eye towards the business value and the humanistic dimensions of those technical topics.  Here’s an

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This Cognitive Bias kills our ability to thrive in complexity

Does this sound familiar?

I was a Program Manager for over a decade, during which time I must have facilitated dozens of “project post-mortems”, a term that always bothered me, since in none of those projects had anyone died. One of the key “Lessons Learned” from nearly every post-mortem I facilitated was some variation on

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MMFs: What they are and why they matter

Suppose you have a headache. A bad headache. “I’ll take Tylenol to make it go away,” you think. So, you grab the Tylenol bottle and see that the directions indicate taking two pills. Would you take 20 pills in an attempt to make your headache go away 10 times faster?

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Scrum as an agent of culture change

Peter Drucker invented most modern management practices. He was an in-demand coach to hundreds of top leaders in the world’s largest organizations. When he suggested that “culture eats strategy for breakfast” to Dick Clark, he wasn’t actually promoting an either/or mindset. He was pointing out that the amount of time most executives spent working on strategy paled in comparison to

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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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The Wheel of Change Retrospective

Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive coaches. In his book Triggers, Goldsmith introduces a framework for change that he calls the “Wheel of Change“. This framework provides a great template for a Sprint Retrospective or any similar review for a team or larger

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5 Key Skills Great Product Owners Have

Being Product Owner is hard. Actually, that’s not quite true. Anybody can make a list of things to build, call it a backlog, and bring it to a few meetings every month. Being a great Product Owner is hard. Development skills are essential, but it doesn’t matter how fast your team delivers and how good

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