Scrum Alone is Not Enough

To be successful with Scrum in the long term you need more than the basic framework. This is intentional. Scrum provides the structure as a starting point, but it’s designed to work well when applied with other effective patterns. Like the Design Patterns movement of the late ’90s, a pattern can be used by itself or with others. E.g. the Command Pattern and the Memento Pattern can be combined...

Big Agile, the Route Less Travelled

Scaling Collaboration not Process is the Key to Enterprise Agility. Agile methods have been found to be extremely effective when used correctly. A reasonable reaction to witnessing any great performance in an organization is to demand more of it. So a tremendous...

5 Steps for Creating High-Performance Teams eBook

Certified Scrum Trainer Mark Levison has been around the block, more than a few times, and he was getting frustrated by what he saw happening in Scrum. When Mark is invited into businesses and industries to talk with Scrum teams, it’s typically with the...

Welcome to the High-Performance Teams Game

Your team is working on the World’s Smallest Online Bookstore, a site that provides the best results (just a few) for every search, not every result on earth. We’re a vulture capital funded company, so if we don’t deliver, our funding will be cut. So begins...

Large Agile Teams

I recently wrote a detailed article about Large Agile Teams that was a detailed walkthrough of how to structure agile teams of various sizes.  I suspect that this is the most comprehensive online discussion of this topic.  The article addressed...

The Agile Manifesto – Essay 1: Value and Values

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.com What is Agile? In 2001, 17 people got together for a world-changing discussion about software development. They tried to find the common values and principles by which people could...

Announcing the Agile Advice eBook – Finally Ready!

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comThanks everyone for feedback, comments and suggestions for my new book, Agile Advice – Creating High Performance Teams In Business Organizations.  It is available for purchase (only...

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...

Why Not What – An Example

Forbes quoted Steve Jobs as saying “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”  This is a really enlightened perspective – and a way to enforce focus from the top down.  Before you can drive a “this goal is more...

Opposite Views of a Product Roadmap

Your product roadmap a view of what you are building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future.  Or is your roadmap a view of why you are building whatever you’re building right now, in the near future, and in the more distant future? Your...

7 Tips for Meetings That Don’t Suck

In his book, Tribal Leadership, Dave Logan suggests that every organization consists of “tribes” at different stages. At the lowest level is the tribe who thinks, “Life sucks.” From there it goes up to “My life sucks,” then “I’m great,” then “We’re...

Tips to Start Agile in a Hostile Environment

Learn more about our Scrum and Agile training sessions on WorldMindware.comAlthough Agile methods are very popular (particularly Scrum), there are still many organizations or departments which may not yet have official support for adopting Agile methods formally....

Spice up your Agile Retrospectives

In the mini-workshop Experience new exercises to spice up your agile retrospective #RetroValue that I gave at Lean Kanban France teams experienced three different retrospectives exercises. They learned how retrospectives can help them to gain deeper insight in...


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