Archive for August, 2012

Discovery is Fun

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Jeff Patton gave a talk at Agile 2012 on “The Product Owner’s Role”. A couple of statements really resonated with me. “Discovery is what the product owner team does.” and “The product owner’s job is to provide impact and outcome.” A film of a project I led came to mind. A successful small company wanted […]

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Team WIKISPEED at Agile 2012

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Regardless of where I coach or teach, there is always someone who approaches me and says something like, “Agile is great for software projects but what about projects that aren’t software related?”  When asked the question, I usually give examples like a U.S. Marine fire team or air crew or a home construction site. (I’ll […]

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Effective Risk Management That Isn’t Boring

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Last week at Agile 2012, there were a couple Risk Management talks that blew my mind.  I was already comfortable with the notion that Agile methods offer a set of effective IMPLICIT risk management practices (e.g. iterative learning cycles, fully tested iteration increments). But this past week, I learned the community is beginning to mature […]

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The Two Faces of Agile

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Some folks are using agile to invent. They are trying to figure out the right products to build for markets that don’t even know what they want. They are experimenting, learning, and adapting their approach based on super-fast feedback cycles… and the outcomes, the products they are trying to build, are emergent. The end goal […]

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Beyond Functional Silos with Communities of Practice – Agile 2012 Slide Deck

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Beyond functional silos with communities of practice from Dennis Stevens   We had over 100 sign up for this one – and the room was completely full. We talked about using Communities of Practice to support Agile adoption and sustainability in the Enterprise.  We went through a Community of Practice charter exercise. Again, over a […]

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