Agile question of the month contest for December 2009

qmark1Want to win an Amazon gift certificate?  This month I am starting a new feature in the blog.  The feature is called “Agile question of the month.”  The way it works is very simple.  I’m going to put forth a scenario based at least in part

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Agile antipattern: Burndown charts that hide the truth

sprintburndownSee that burndown chart over there to the left?  It looks beautiful doesn’t it?  It is an actual burndown chart with no made up data.  It looks like this team is kicking butt and having a great sprint.  Unfortunately, the chart lies!  It turns out this

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Weekly PM Insights Newsletter

Recently I’ve been asked to write an occasional article for the Weekly PM Insights newsletter.  This newsletter is published every Sunday night and so far has had some excellent articles.  There are some very good names in the world of Project Management writing articles, and Ray Posch (the editor) was open-minded enough to ask

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New to agile? Remember the power of automation

digital-clock-400x400As this blog entry is published I am teaching an agile/scrum course to a client in Flanders, New Jersey.  You might want to ask “Bob, how can you do that?  Isn’t the client upset when you blogwhile they are paying for your time?”  Certainly they would

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New to agile? Give thanks!

turkeyHere in the United States we will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26.  If you are currently on an agile team you may want to consider giving thanks a bit earlier!  My thank you list would definitely include:

1. Thanks for the organization

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Agile antipattern: Doing Agile!

successladderI spent the past week in Orlando, Florida  at the Agile Development Practices conference and I heard a number of people say “We do agile at our company.”  When pressed further it suddenly became “We do agile at our company except we don’t do …”  To

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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 all

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Free Event! Agile Adoption: The Real Story

On October 20, the Agile Cooperative will be hosting a free one-day seminar designed to give attendees a lot of information about what is really required to be successful with an agile adoption.  If you are in the Denver area and your organization is giving any consideration to adopting agile you must attend

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