What is the Best Way to Embed Agile Values in Team Culture?

A while ago, I collaborated with Allen Holub at the Agile: Principles, Practices and Architecture Workshop during an SDD Deep Dive conference. One thing that arose time and again during our discussions was a shared belief that Agile is both misinterpreted and misused within a lot of companies. It’s something that I continue to see in my role as a Scrum Master, so I often find myself coaching...

Masters of Scrum: Why the Principles can be Useful for Hiring

The only people that need to learn Scrum are Scrum Masters, right? We’d argue wrong. Last week we sent our Talent specialists, Grace Carey and Kate Greentree to learn the principles in 48 hours. Will they ever get a chance to put what they’ve learned into practice?...

Agile 101 – How to play the game

Whilst there are lots of ways you can vary the game depending on the teams you have and the learning outcomes you want, the basic flow of the game play is common to all. Contents Inside each tin you will find a 20-sided dice and a collection of cards. You’ll...

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...

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...