Thoughts on the state of Agile
Posted on: March 22nd, 2023
Every year the State of Agile survey consistently includes the results from over 1000 to as many as 6000 respondents who report their experiences and perceptions of the Agile industry along with the role that Agile plays in their organizations.
The survey is very useful for Agile leaders, coaches, thinkers, and developers alike, and it is often quoted as a snapshot representation of the Agile industry, but it does have its limitations.
Leadership? Followership? What about Membership?
Posted on: March 8th, 2023
Researching leadership for a book I recently interviewed a Scrum Master who had done their thesis on Integral Leadership. When I asked about their ideas on leadership their immediate reply was, “We don’t talk enough about followership.” They then proceeded to spend the next 40 minutes talking about leadership.
In their defense I didn’t ask about followership but the comment stuck with me because I realized that I too was guilty of staring awestruck and tunnel-blind at the position that seemed to hold all the impact, value, and power.
Strategic to Tactical - Breaking down work in an Agile environment based on outcomes
Posted on: February 8th, 2023
One of the questions I get asked the most is “What do we mean by feature or user story, and what the hell is an Epic???” If you or anyone you work with has had to deal with detangling the jargon around how Agile describes the outcomes or work being done by different levels in an organization, this is the article for you.
The wisdom of Monty Python
Posted on: January 29th, 2023
Monty Python gives so much we can use in our transformation strategy!
Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not some farcical aquatic ceremony! – Servant Leaders
You think you’ve had a hard time? I’ve been chained to the wall for five years, and they only hung me the right way up yesterday! - Retrospectives
The Role of an Agile Coach
Posted on: January 3rd, 2023
“Our team is going Agile,” “where are you on your Agile journey,” and “what is the most important Agile metric,” might be some things you’ve heard or thought about lately. The answers to these and the many other questions or descriptions I’ve heard in my adventures across the enterprise have been at times confusing, at times contradictory, and sometimes even quite amusing.
Posted on: December 19th, 2022
Why do we do anything at all? What motivates us to get up in the morning, and come to work? When you think about it, the morning rituals we go through to arrive at a set location at a particular time, with a bunch of other people who feel just like we do (in their own way) in order to do a series of activities most of us could frankly care less about if we weren’t being paid to, does not lend itself to model that results in a happy, engaged workforce where the focus is on the Team more than the Individual.
Capacity Planning is not hard!
Posted on: November 21st, 2022
I had a Scrum Master I was mentoring a while back tell me she was off to a meeting about capacity planning with her Release Train Engineer (it was a SAFe environment) and she was nervous because there was disagreement about how they should handle it, and tensions had begun to rise. I was immediately confused - why should such a simple topic be fodder for a cantankerous discussion? I gave her a simple method for establishing her team’s capacity for the next quarter, told her to relax, and sent her to the wolves.
Sometimes you have to break the rules
Posted on: October 31st, 2022
As I mentioned in a previous post, Agile was started by a widespread group of individuals who saw the way things were and weren't working and began to creatively break the rules to get better results.
Overcoming Resistance the Integral Way – Team level
Posted on: October 17th, 2022
If you are a scrum master or team coach, you’ve probably felt the frustration of laying out a sound set of Agile practices only to find team members lack your enthusiasm for diving in. With some people, it’s overt – questioning, challenging, complaining about the time spent planning vs coding; in others it’s more subtle – they go through the motions but don’t bring their full selves. They remain silent in planning and retrospectives, and give perfunctory updates in standups. Task estimates are more the CYA type, and in general they put as much energy as they can into maintaining the old