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How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise

by Mike Cottmeyer, 5 February 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

  First of all… this is a really, really, really big topic. If we are lucky, we’ll get a start and maybe lay a foundation for future conversations. My goal in the next 1000 words or so is to at least introduce the foundational concepts, and frankly… help me see where I want to go with this. So… with all my pre-qualifications in place, let’s see what we can do. Over the last few posts,...
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