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Why Aren’t We Better at XP (or Almost Anything)? “Stop Making It Harder”

There was a Twitter discussion about XP not having crossed the chasm. Someone Lula Rodrigues posted this wonderful Kent Beck talk about that here: https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/videos/xp-as-an-incentive-system-kent-beck-xp-2018/. Lots of great insights. Watch all of it, including the Q&A at the end. Early in the video, Kent discusses the all-too-frequent sexism and racism I also see in tech. …

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Three Tips for Coping when Change Might Make You Nuts (Support Others)

Three Tips for Coping when Change Might Make You Nuts (Support Others) We’re still living in substantial uncertainty and chaos. We don’t know when we might be able to return to work. The kids are home from school for the foreseeable future. Where I live, in Massachusetts, all “non-essential” businesses are closed. (I did not …

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Three Tips for Coping when Change Might Make You Nuts (Start with Yourself)

Three Tips for Coping when Change Might Make You Nuts (Start with Yourself) Given COVID-19, whatever we “knew” about our organizations or work is out the window now. I thought I might help with this three-part series about how you can manage in this time of crazy-making change. This three-part series is: How you can help …

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Three Secrets to Building Your Influence, Part 3, Shared Interests 

Three Secrets to Building Your Influence, Part 3, Shared Interests  If you want to change anything in your organization, you need to influence at least one other person to succeed. I wrote about showing your competence in Part 1. Part 2 was about building trust. Now, let’s talk about creating win-wins with shared interests. I bet you’ve met people who …

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Three Secrets to Building Your Influence, Part 1, Competence

Three Secrets to Building Your Influence, Part 1, Competence If you want to change anything in your organization, you need to influence at least one other person to succeed. Mary, a leader in the organization, wanted to help her colleagues consider a variety of agile approaches. The organization had chosen a framework, and the framework …

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Agile Transformation Secrets, Part 3: Principles Over Practices

Agile Transformation Secrets, Part 3: Principles Over Practices If you’re trying to use agile approaches or manage an agile transformation, consider these three mindsets for you, your project, and your organization: Manage for change (Part 1) Emphasize collaboration. (Part 2) Use principles, not practices, so teams can be autonomous and deliver what they need to …

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Agile Transformation Secrets, Part 2: Emphasize Collaboration

Agile Transformation Secrets, Part 2: Emphasize Collaboration If you’re trying to use agile approaches or manage an agile transformation, consider these three mindsets for you, your project, and your organization: Manage for change (Part 1) Emphasize collaboration. (this part) Use principles, not practices, so teams can be autonomous and deliver what they need to deliver. …

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