Making Agile a Reality for All

I recently saw a Tweet (Twitter message for those of you that don’t know) from Michele Sliger about an interesting premise of using 6 words to describe your life.  I decided to try it for Agile For All, and the

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Agile Architecture – It is NOT an Oxymoron!

Many companies adopting agile have a hard time with the architecture and design of their large systems.  They like the concept of agile, but can’t understand how to emerge and meet architectural requirements just in time for the team to be able to proceed.  They get to

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Planning Poker Results

People who promote the use of Planning Poker understand some of the main reasons why it is successful.  People like Mike Cohn have been very instrumental in pushing planning poker and even created www.planningpoker.com for people to be able to play planning poker with

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Agile is like… cooking???

On Monday, during my flight from Denver to Boston I sat next to a delightful couple who were both retired. When they asked the inevitable question about what I did for a living I told them my story of being an agile trainer and coach and the basics of agility (all in under a minute!).

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New to agile? Don’t settle for mediocrity

James Shore recently changed the entire focus of his company. This blog entry gives his reasons why. The blog post really struck a chord with me because I often use the phrase “To me mediocre is not acceptable.” Now

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New to agile? Tools for distributed agile

I’ve been working the past several weeks with some highly distributed teams.  Each team requires a way to track their project effectively (when you have people in 6 different states and a few countries cards on the wall no longer work!), collaborate, use planning poker and store things pertinent to the project.  What can you

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Never start a sentence “We can’t be agile because…”

I recently started filling out a form which included a question regarding the training I’ve done.  As I filled it out I realized that in the past 15 months I have trained or given presentations to over 1,000 people.  I’m sure some of those were counted two or more times for attending different events, but even

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Agile Pondering: Should an iteration ever be stopped?

It is accepted in the agile world that if an iteration or sprint is going extremely badly then it can be stopped – rebooted I guess I’d call it.  What I have been pondering is whether this is a good or a bad thing?  Obviously it

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