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 are not fully realized until after the project is finished. This is why benefits management is usually the domain of program management. Sitting...

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", by Francesca 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...

Red, Yellow, Green or RYG/RAG Reports: How They Hide the Truth

What is Red Yellow Green? Red-Yellow-Green (or Red/Amber/Green) is a status reporting mechanism used to help executives understand the current state of a project. Green means everything is good; we’re on track both with time and budget. In some cases, green means...

Link: It’s Time to Kill Performance Reviews

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramFor many years, folks in the Agile community have been recommending that performance reviews be eliminated from the corporate world.  In 2005 while coaching at Capital One,...

Remote versus Co-located Work

In the software industry we hear a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of remote work, and a recent outbreak of that finally got me to write my thoughts down. I point out that there's distinct patterns of remoteness, which yield different ...

Agile Talent Management

Talent Management is the science of human resource planning to improve business value. It includes the activities of recruiting, retaining, developing and rewarding people along with workforce planning. From an agile perspective much of what we do on agile projects...