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 those products, and we are currently using traditional project management to coordinate the flow of value across the organization. Let’s...

‘All About Agile’ Now Available as eBook

Finally, due to popular demand, my 380 page book is now available as a PDF eBook. To purchase and download a copy, click here.    

12 Failure Modes in Agile Transformation: Transition

Up to this point in this series on the 12 failure modes in agile transformation, I’ve covered topics around failure in leadership , failure in workflow and failure in congruency. These last three failure modes concern the overall sense of “transition”: How...

Always Looking Ahead

I’m always looking ahead to the next planning or the next estimating meeting. I teach this behavior to my clients whenever I’m coaching a new ScrumMaster or Product Owner. I start off by involving them in what I’m doing, showing what needs...

Agile Benefits Management

Benefits are why we undertake projects. Projects are expensive to undertake and have a risk of failure. So, we need to get benefits from them, or at least think we will get benefits from them, to start projects in the first place. Often the benefits of a project...

Understanding Lean Metrics

Today, I was faced with the unfortunate task of renewing my driver’s license. It’s been 10 years since the last renewal and I remember the last time I was at the Maryland MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration) office, I waited for what seemed to be an hour....

How Scrum Created the Greatest Team in the World

The Scrum approach to delivery has produced the greatest team in the world. And the elements behind the team’s success are repeatable, meaning your team could be next in becoming the greatest team in the world. (That sure has a nice ring to it.)   View...

Agile Project Management in a Larger Organisation – Video of my talk

I was recently asked to do a short talk and Q&A for an agile project management meetup in London. You can see the full video here: https://skillsmatter.com/skillscasts/7115-agile-project-management-in-a-larger-organisation Lots of great questions,...

The Scrum Master and Product Owner as leadership partners

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramAfter a recent large organizational change that resulted in a number of new teams formed, a product owner (PO) approached me looking for some help. He said, “I don’t think...

Taking Organizational Improvement Seriously – Case Study

(Presented as an accompanying case study to Part 4 in the Scrum Alone is Not Enough series.) In the previous post, we discussed how it’s not enough to practice Scrum at the Team level and expect that it will solve all problems. Senior Management has to get involved...

It’s a Trap! Agile Lessons from Star Wars

Recently I experienced what was one of the saddest moments of my career when, while re-watching “Return of the Jedi” for the 116th time, I realized I was coaching a company that was basically the Empire. Surely you remember the movie's very first scene?...

What’s the Pulse of Our Enterprise Transformation? – Part 3 on Transformation Scorecards

I think this is the last post in my series on using metrics to gauge the success of an enterprise transformation.  As an enterprise transformation consultant, one of the key challenges I face is ensuring the steps I recommend throughout the transformation will...

HBR:: Why Organizations Don’t Learn

A nice article on HBR - "Why Organizations Don't Learn", byFrancesca Gino and Bradley Staats; take a look.They list these reasons:Fear of failureFixed mindsetOver reliance on past performanceAttribution biasThe authors then give some strategies for overcoming...


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