Overcoming Resistance to Agile Process Roll-Outs

Change for Agile coaches is challenging, no matter how widely publicized the benefits are. Overcoming Resistance to Agile Process Roll-Outs. Jonathon Levene shares the insights he gained over years of executive coaching of cross-functional teams this week on The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg. The podcast can be heard on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/jonathon-levene-on-agile introductions/id977764101?i=1000380138828&mt=2) Soundcloud...

Slack and the Agile Manager’s Role: Be the Slack

In his book “Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency”, Tom DeMarco makes the point is that you can’t be creative when you are overworked or overburdened. Stress kills innovation as does busyness. Little slack leads...

Should the PMO go away?

When I go in to do large scale transformations I’m invariably asked the question, “should the PMO go away?’  The reasoning is that going agile should get rid of all of the oversight, the Gantt Charts, the weekly status meetings, release scheduling.  The...

The Business Analyst and the Product Owner

In my last article we talked about the role of the BA on agile projects, reviewing what stays the same and what changes from traditional approaches. In this article, we will review the contentious topic of how the role of the BA varies and overlaps with the Product...

The Break-Up

True Story. It was a painful breakup. I thought things were going fine, but “it’s not you” she said “it’s me”…. and just like that, our relationship was over. I really didn’t see it coming. We have been working together for a long time now. Really?...

Food For Thought #70: Agile Myths Busting, Trust, Product Discovery, Listening to Customers

Age of Product’s Food for Thought of December 4th, 2017—shared with 5,066 peers—focusses on agile myths busting, team dysfunctions, and how trust among teammates influences creativity. We then dive deep into why switching to Kanban will not fixing your...

Top 10 Secrets of Agile Transformation with Michael Sahota

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility ProgramI dutifully watch Scrum Alliance’s webinars whenever they offer something I want to learn about, so I recently attended Michael Sahota’s “Top Ten Secrets of Agile Transformation.” Sahota...

Playing the Agile Self-assessment Game

The Agile Self-Assessment Game helps teams to discover how agile they are and what you can do to increase their agility. I played this game at the XP Days Benelux conference. Here’s how this went. Becoming agile is a journey, which can be difficult to travel....

100 Powerful Agile PM Techniques

I really like this composition of 100 agile techniques by Steve Drumm.  A really nice summary of alot of different management tools, nicely presented too :) Take a look: http://pm-training.net/agile-development-methodology-wiki/100agiletechniques/ Kelly.

Agile Awards

hi everyone it's the Agile Awards again soon and I am happy to say that i have been nominated for 'most valued agile professional (UK)' if I or my blog have helped you or your company at some point, can you take a few seconds to vote for me? https://www.theagileportal.com/awards/voting/most_value_uk i'd...

Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master in Agile Times

TL;DR Peer Recruiting is the new hiring: In the near future, all creative, technology-based organizations will need to abandon the command & control structures that served the industrial world of the 20th century so well. Instead, they will reorganize...

Agile Advice: Start Executing With Little Planning

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program “Start executing and worry less about planning.” QA Consultant This statement appeared on a recent feedback form after a BERTEIG learning event. It summarized a Quality...


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TIME INC

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ThoughtWorks

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