Blog: 3 Reasons You're Missing the Point of Agile

Very few organizations need to be sold on Agile these days. It seems everyone has moved in that direction one way or another. The question is, are they going to Agile for the right reasons? The data1, as well as my experience, suggests that despite already “doing Agile,” many organizations …

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Blog: Resolving Conflict: Understanding the Root Problem to Solve

If you’ve ever worked outside of a high-performing team, you’ve seen all the symptoms of unhealthy conflict – such as undermining others, talking over people, and taking ownership of others’ ideas. For some, there is an insatiable appetite, a “need” even, to be right and to elevate themselves. When two …

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Blog - What Problem Are We Trying to Prevent?

Anyone that knows me is familiar with the question, “what problem are we trying to solve?” Whether it’s about the problem, or opportunity to capture, the point of asking that early in any discussion is to get folks off of thinking about solution and first onto why. In this post, …

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Blog: Quality Through Quantity

In the book, Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, a story is told of a ceramics teacher that ran an interesting experiment. He told half his students they would be graded solely on the quantity of their work. The more they produced, the higher their …

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Blog: Maximizing Capacity Stifles Innovation

Leading-edge executives are no longer thinking that they are a healthcare company, a bank, or a retailer that happens to use software to support the operations of their business. Today, those forward-thinking executives recognize that they are actually software companies that happen to provide healthcare, banking, retail, etc. They are …

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Blog: 3 Common Agile Metrics Mistakes

Your organization likely tracks a number of metrics. Have you ever stopped to think about why you track what you track? As your organization moved from traditional “waterfall” projects to Agile, the metrics you collect probably changed, but did the why behind them change? One of my mantras is, “what …

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Blog: How to Know When You Should Not Pursue Agile

The following is excerpted from the book, Pursuing Timeless Agility: the Path to Lasting Agile Transformation. Fit For Purpose If your organization does software development and delivers software products of any kind, it seems obvious in 2019 that you should be “doing Agile.” It is obvious to me that software teams …

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Blog: The Unintentional Intentional Distortion of Agile

The following is an excerpt from the book, Pursuing Timeless Agility: the Path to Lasting Agile Transformation. Agile is misunderstood. The question I wrestle with – is Agile misunderstood because it has been distorted, or has Agile been distorted because it is misunderstood? There is no doubt that Agile has …

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Blog: The 4 Keys to Coaching People

Motivating people to develop and grow professionally while advancing organizational objectives is the age-old challenge of management, or leadership. If you are struggling to get your people to achieve what you hope for, this blog is for you. “Management” and “manager” are evil words today. Instead, the paradigm shift is …

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