Agile antipattern: Moving work from one iteration to the next

All agile teams start at something less than the completely proficient level.  Nearly all of those teams do not successfully complete their very first iteration.  As a result, they move the remaining work to the next iteration and move on with the process.  At this critical point some teams make a mistake which is nearly

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Never have a PMP on an agile team

Now that I have your attention, let me be VERY clear I don’t believe the title of this post.  However, many people do believe it, and that is troubling. 

Now that some of you are confused let’s back up a minute and explain the term PMP.  It stands for

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New to Agile? Beware of the elephant in the room!

Like many other agile consultants I am often asked how agile adoptions could fail.  This question has a myriad of answers.  A search on Google for agile failure leads to over 1,960,000 hits (fortunately agile success has 5,370,000 hits so we’re ok!).  But it is obvious

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Being agile is to releasing products, like fishing is to catching fish

I recently read this blog post from Chris Sterling and while funny, it made me wonder about the similarities between fishing and agile development.  Since I am a decent fly fisherman (I had an earlier blog post about a trip to Montana), I

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Agile antipattern: But the development lead said it would take way less time than that

I’d be rich if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this, or something very similar to it, in the past 30 years!  Alright, that’s taking it too far, but I think I could at least afford a really nice dinner out with my family on the amount I’d have received.  But that isn’t

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Agile Antipattern: Everything is priority 1

I was just working on some Powerpoint slides for our Agile Product Management Boot Camp coming up on March 9 and 10 and I realized I should post a blog entry about the point the slides are making.  Actually, I’m trying to make two points with the slides.  The first point is we tend to

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New to agile? Remember to eliminate waste

When I teach any agile course I start out with the principles of lean that Mary and Tom Poppendieck have written about in their books.  The very first of these principles is Eliminate Waste.

What does this really mean in practice?  Let’s start with a

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New to agile? Remember one thing: Just enough, just in time

If you lived through the past few decades you have undoubtedly heard the time “Just in Time” (JIT) as applied to manufacturing.  This is the lean breakthrough that allows companies to get rid of large amounts of inventory and unfinished goods.  In a nutshell it means that parts show up just in time for manufacturing,

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