The Retro Game

Learn more about transforming people, process and culture with the Real Agility Program The Hunt for Better Retrospectives The rumours had started to spread, retrospectives at our organization were flat, stale and stuck in a rut. The prevailing thought was that this was stalling the pace of continuous improvement across our teams. In truth, I wasn’t sure if this was at all true, it’s a complex...

How to Create the FASTEST Teams

Over the last 30 years at work, I have observed many re-structures.  Some I was part of.  Some I created.  Some worked.  Some didn’t.  And some created only marginal benefits.  Others – in more recent years – were truly transformational and catapulted...

We don’t talk about emotions. We draw them

Mirek Woźniak recently sent me an email telling me about something they're doing to draw out people's emotions (literally) and gain a better understanding of team morale. It's a kind of mood board and a very agile way of measuring happiness. All you need is a...

Stop Starting, Start Finishing. Unfinished Work is Debt

I've worked with so many development teams now that I've lost count.  And I've lost count of how many of them have this problem.  The problem of being quick to start things, and not being quite so quick to finish them. Lean methods seek to address this problem...

The importance of a real team

Scrum requires a real team. The word ‘team’ is often used, often in different ways.  So, let us define it. According to “The Discipline of Teams” by Katzenbach and Smith, this is what you should look for: 1. A meaningful common purpose that the Team...

Making Self-Organization Work

Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos (Cullen Hightower). Morning Star is the largest tomato processor in the United States with 400 employees and over $700 million in annual revenues. Morning Star’s CEO, Chris Rufer, built...

Clever

I've recently finished reading this book, Clever, by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, who work alongside Gary Hamel at the London Business School. Gary Hamel I'm sure you know has written many fine words about a new style of management and is one of the world's leading...

IT Transformation

Agile is often the subject of an entire IT transformation within an organisation. But what is IT transformation? Transformation means different things for different organisations and what it is depends entirely on each organisation's own unique situation, and...

Scrum Team in Waterfall Land! What to do?

The real question sent to me was:What are some tips for integrating our SCRUM model with non-Scrum groups who will not be adopting the process?One can go many places with this question, and there could be other questions within this questions.For now, let me answer...

Independent Interpretation

Many organizations segregate their programmers and testers in order to achieve independent validation of requirements.  If the system is tested according to an independent interpretation of the requirements than used for implementation, then errors in those interpretations...

The Value of Stable Teams

As a senior manager, one of the most valuable things you can do for any development team is to create an organizational structure that enables stable teams.  Permanent, lasting teams; not teams that assemble for a project and then disband to reform around a new...

Top 3 Reasons Designers Object to Agile and How to Overcome Them

As larger organizations are diving into using Agile methods, we hear a lot of questions about how teams integrate various specialities and skill distributions. One common question that is frequently asked by traditional UX departments is “How will our work and...