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Teams 102

by Mike Cottmeyer, 2 October 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

Much of my personal journey over the past 8 years has involved unpacking some of the more dense concepts we tend to take for granted when we talk about agile. For me, it’s all about understanding the primitives of these approaches and trying to figure out how to apply them in unique ways. I’m deeply interested in not only how this stuff works, but why it works… and more importantly, why it...
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Teams 101

The notion of forming complete cross functional teams is one of the most well understood concepts in the agile community but maybe one of the least implemented in practice. Many folks...
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How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise

  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...
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Failure Modes of Team Based Scrum

My take is that when you stop thinking about Scrum in terms of roles, ceremonies, and artifacts… it opens up the conversation to look at what’s really going on with your struggling...
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Fundamentals of Agile Transformation

Okay…I think this is the 5th post (or so) we have in our series on the Fundamentals of Agile Transformation. You might ask yourself… wait, Mike hasn’t said anything about the...
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What Problems Are Executives Trying To Solve With Agile?

Like I mentioned in my last post, the problem we think most execs are trying to solve with agile (are we building the right product), isn’t the problem they are actually trying to...
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Gaining Support for a Sustainable Agile Transformation

Here is the talk that Dennis and I did at the Agile2013 conference. The talk basically went over how to create safety and visibility for management when doing an enterprise wide agile...
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Projects Are Not The Problem

A lot of folks in the agile community feel like projects and project managers are a big part of the problem we have delivering software. My view is that projects are not really the...
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Getting Permission to Coach

Ever walk into a room and feel like no one is listening? It absolutely drives me nuts. Sometimes it happens in a lecture hall, sometimes a classroom, the worst is when it happens in...
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Agile Program and Portfolio Management – Agile2012 Slide Deck

220 people signed up for this talk but I think the room was at capacity at about 125 or 150.  Great turnout and lots of great discussion.  Mary Poppendieck came to my talk and said...
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Does Your Daily Stand-up Meeting Suck? This Is Probably Why…

Probably the most visible component of Scrum is the daily stand-up meeting. There are groups I’ve met that claim they are doing agile due to the mere presence of this one meeting....
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The Problem with Precision

I think engineers are interesting people… especially software engineers. Given what I do for a living, I get to work with a lot of software companies, and that means I get to spend...
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Kanban Isn’t the Answer to Bad Product Ownership

The Scrum Product Owner has a tough job. Translating business strategy into product strategy and ultimately into teeny-tiny user stories takes a ton of time and effort. Most Product...
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