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Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

On Running LeadingAgile


There is so much I’ve been wanting to write the past year or so about the business of LeadingAgile. Those of you following our blog for a while will know that it wasn’t all that long ago that I was working at VersionOne, left for Pillar, and then started out as an independent consultant and formed […]

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Do What Works… Even If It’s Not Agile.


I think I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘agile’ as we know it isn’t the best starting place for everyone that wants to adopt agile. Some folks, sure… everyone, probably not. For many companies something closer to a ‘team-based, iterative and incremental delivery approach, using some agile tools and techniques, wrapped within a highly-governed Lean/Kanban […]

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The Emperor Has No Clothes: A Theory of Transformation


From Wikipedia: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to […]

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Have A Point Of View And A Plan


If you get a few minutes to talk to your executives about agile… you’ve got to be really crisp about what you are asking for and why. Far too often people get that few minutes and totally fail to explain why agile is important and why their executives should care. If you have an opportunity […]

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Agile Is Supposed To Be Simple…


I was reading about the new iteration of SAFe that came out a few days ago. I appreciate what Dean is doing with SAFe and totally get the problem he is trying to solve. That said, it makes me wonder how folks receive the ever growing complexity of the model. Fundamentally, we have two choices […]

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