Selling Value and Creating Safety

I did a post last week called ‘Are People Really Afraid To Change’. If you have a minute, go check it out before you read on… we’ll wait… I’ve never been skydiving. Almost went in my early 20’s, but when the time came to go, I didn’t have any money so I had to stay home. Kind of a bummer. Fast forward a few years and Kimi and I started having kids. I had a job, responsibilities,...

Accidental Agility

Thought Exercise One Let’s say for the moment that I am the CIO of a mid-sized company. I have a team of 100 or so people building software. Let’s also say that those 100 people are largely dedicated to 10-15 smaller products, there are few dependencies between...

Dependencies Are Evil

It seems inarguable to me that dependencies limit agility. If I am able to make a decision on my own that only involves me, I have full freedom of movement. If I want to go to the local pub for dinner, and on my way, decide that I want to go to a steakhouse, I...

The First Critical Steps Toward Scaling Your Software Organization

I’ve noticed a pattern I want to share with you guys. When a company is small, still probably led by it’s founder, likely around 20-40 people… there is a great sense of camaraderie. You’ve got folks that all know each other, all working toward a common...

Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organization Into an Agile Enterprise #agile2015

Here is my talk from this AM at the #Agile2015 conference. Enjoy! The Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Size Organization Into an Agile Enterprise from Mike Cottmeyer The post Three Things You Need to Know to Transform Any Sized Organization Into...

3 Thinking Tools for Minimizing Dependencies Between Products

In my post about how to form teams, I talk about products… not in their monolithic, holistic state… but as a subsystem within a larger integrated solutions architecture. In other words, big products are just series of small products that work together in an...

Bend the Spoon

Bend the spoon is a phrase we use quite a bit here at LeadingAgile. I don’t want to hear what’s happening, I want to hear what we need to make happen… and what we are doing to make it happen. I don’t want to hear why we can’t do something, I want to...

Can You Mandate Your Agile Transformation?

Well… it depends. If you view agile as a system of beliefs, or a way of looking at the world, or as a culture your company is expected to adopt…I’d suggest that it’s impossible to mandate an agile transformation. There is no way to force people to believe...

What It Takes to Develop an Agile Transformation Strategy

Okay… this is going to be a precursor to a more fully developed whitepaper, but I want to see if I can tightly articulate the LeadingAgile approach to designing and executing an enterprise agile transformation. This post is going to focus on the ‘what’ and...

Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies

As usual… I’ve gotten a little sidetracked on my Agile 101, 102… series of posts. I’ve got the 201 post half finished, but haven’t been able to spend the time getting over the hump. That said, I want to divert just a little and talk about agile in general,...

Teams 102

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...

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 adopting agile either don’t understand the importance of teams, or if they...

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 words or so is to at least introduce the foundational concepts, and frankly…...


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