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Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Dependencies Are Evil


It seems inarguable to me that dependencies limit agility. If I am able to make a decision on my own that only involves me, I have full freedom of movement. If I want to go to the local pub for dinner, and on my way, decide that I want to go to a steakhouse, I […]

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The First Critical Steps Toward Scaling Your Software Organization


I’ve noticed a pattern I want to share with you guys. When a company is small, still probably led by it’s founder, likely around 20-40 people… there is a great sense of camaraderie. You’ve got folks that all know each other, all working toward a common goal, all trying to solve the same problems. To a large […]

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Shit That Should Be Obvious… But Apparently Isn’t


Note: I think the title of this post pretty much sums up my week of writing. I can’t tell you guys how often I make myself refrain from using profanity on this site. I caved in… maybe since I’m posting on a Friday afternoon no one will notice ;-) Hope you guys forgive the indiscretion […]

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Why Frameworks and Methodologies Don’t Matter


Frameworks and methodologies don’t matter because fundamentally they all work… just pick one. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter if you choose SAFe, or LeSS, or DAD, or vanilla Scrum or XP… any of them are fine… as long as the context into you are applying them into fits the context the author intended them to […]

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The LeadingAgile Transformation Manifesto


I’ve been noodling around on how to distill the LeadingAgile perspective on agile transformation down to it’s most non-negotiable core. I thought it might be fun to write up a manifesto to guide thinking around transformation. The LeadingAgile Transformation Manifesto Agile transformation is about systematically creating an environment for agile to thrive in your organization. […]

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