Agile Transformation: Introduction & Answering Why (Part1)

Introduction to an Agile Transformation series… I’ve seen several agile transformation challenges. Since I want to address those challenges, this is a series of posts about agile transformation. The  problems I’m planning to address are: Understanding why agile, why now Change and why we might not be so facile with change and how that challenges …

When Teams Don’t Finish Work in a Sprint: 3 Tips to Seeing and Finishing Work

Sprints, by definition, are a timebox. You’re supposed to say, “Pencils down!” at the end of the sprint, show your work and reflect. One of the big problems with new-to-agile teams is their inability to finish work inside a sprint. Each team is unique. However, I’ve seen these causes most often: Team members multitask, so …

Agile Approaches Require Management Cultural Change

Ron Jeffries, Matt Barcomb, and several other people wrote an interesting thread about prescriptive and non-prescriptive approaches to team-based agile. The issues are nuanced and for me, don’t lend themselves to a Twitter discussion. (Learning how to write short and coherently is a different post.) If you don’t want to read the entire thread, here …

Understanding Distance for a Geographically Distributed Team

As Mark Kilby and I work through the images and text for the geographically distributed teams book, I wanted to clarify what collocated and distributed mean. Collocated teams sit near each other in space. However, not everyone agrees on what is “near.” In Developing Products in Half the Time, Smith and Reinertsen use the Allen …

Select Your Agile Approach Article Posted

Do you struggle with your agile approach? Sometimes, iterations don’t work for teams. Sometimes, flow doesn’t work. Sometimes, you need both. To celebrate the release of Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver, I am writing a series of articles on Infoq. The first article, Customize Your Agile Approach: Select Your Agile Approach That Fits …