I was teaching a private class a few weeks ago and a student in the class mentioned that his company had “already failed at Agile three different times.”
The way the statement was phrased really struck me. It made me very aware of my own opinions about Agile adoption and taught me a little about how this particular student, and possibly the organization, felt about adopting Agile.
What struck...read more
I was recently watching an episode of Shark Tank. I loved the unfiltered statement from Kevin O’Leary (Mr. Wonderful) toward an entrepreneur seeking an investor in his company.
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My article, Agile Adoption: Changing Behavior by Asking the Right Questions, has been published over on ProjectManagement.com (free registration required). It talks about when managers...read more
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...read more