With Agile, No Warnings Needed

Have you ever worked on a project where the management and/or sponsors felt it necessary to provide you warnings: “This release better do this or have that. Otherwise, you’re toast.” I have, once. That’s when I started to use release criteria...

Team Size Matters, Reprise

Several years ago, I wrote a post for a different blog called “Why Team Size Matters.” That post is long gone. I explained that the number of communication paths in the team does not increase linearly as the team size increases;  team communication paths...

Thinking About Cadence vs. Iterations

Many people use an iteration approach to agile. They decide on an iteration duration, commit to work for that iteration and by definition, they are done at the end of the timebox. I like timeboxing many things. I like timeboxing work I don’t know how to start. I...

Agile Leadership Newsletters Posted

If you only read my blog, you might not know I publish a monthly newsletter, the Pragmatic Manager. The last two issues have been on agile leadership. Take a look at Being An Agile Leader and Own Your Leadership, Part 1. Those newsletters in addition to this 5-part...

AgilePath Podcast Up

I’ve said before that agile is a cultural change, not merely a project management framework or approach. One of the big changes is around transparency and safety. We need safety to experiment. We need safety to be transparent. Creating that safe environment can...