Teams and their proximity to the final user

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comA great, simple post from Mike Bowler… Time: Teams that are writing code today that will be used by their customers tomorrow are very focused on what the customers actually need. Teams that are writing code today that won’t be seen by a customer for six months are less engaged. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-teams-care-mike-bowler Mike...

Using planning poker cards to estimate larger amounts of work (projects)

You have been fighting for the right for your SCRUM or OpenAgile team to do the right thing and allow the TEAM to estimate the work for a project instead of having a PM, senior manager or Committee just make something up for team.  Congratulations… Then...

Be able to explain WHY.

Every once in a while I’m reminded of the very important question: WHY? If you are considering SCRUM, XP, Lean or any other Agile Framework, or if you are considering using OpenAgile which is an Open Learning System, you will be changing the organization. Many...

Facing the facts early on. Risk Mitigation can be a powerful motivator

Recently, I was able to witness a remarkable event in a company that is relatively new to Agile. They have several teams at about Sprint 12, with several new teams just starting up. Many of their processes are waterfall based. A failed waterfall project was...

Where should I sit?

Inevitably, there will be some change to your team.  Someone will leave or perhaps you will have new members joining you. Either way, you will be asked the question “Where should I sit?”. Do not take this question lightly.  You have the opportunity...

What if your first cycle ends up with zero story points completed?

I recently introduced a small software development company to the ideas of Agile development, the culture of Agile, and of course some of the fundamentals of working in incremental steps.  We focused specifically on OpenAgile. They started their first cycle...

Remember that Agile is about Quality and Business Value

Recently, I had an interesting discussion with a companion about Agile Processes and the need for corporations, communities or groups to change their approach to planning and doing work. We were discussing using OpenAgile as a Framework. The person I was talking...

WHY? Such a powerful question

Recently I was watching a situation with a development team where a very important question seemed to be forgotten… WHY ?  This got me thinking about the countless times I have seen work done for no apparent reason than it’s “On The Wishlist”, “We have...

A great example of agile style teamwork in a non-software environment

I am regularly asked for examples of where Agile Practices could be used that are not related to software development. I recently came across this video and just had to share the link to it. The company encourages all team members to participate, keeps things...

All you need is a bit of patience. Just be consistent in your message.

As many who have tried know, an Agile Transformation in a company is not always an easy process.  Although most people at first are keen to participate in the idea of “changing” the company culture and working environment to “something better”, many do...

Stress-Free Priority Meetings using Planning Poker Cards

For many of you, there will be instances where Scrum or Agile is something a company is trying but does not really buy into or understand yet. I would like to start by saying.  There is hope! The  following story is about implementing Planning Poker in Priority...


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