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Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Teams 101

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The notion of forming complete cross functional teams is one of the most well understood concepts in the agile community but maybe one of the least implemented in practice. Many folks adopting agile either don’t understand the importance of teams, or if they do… they don’t have the power to influence the organization to build […]

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Business Capabilities and Microservices

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I don’t often use this forum to link out to other websites and authors, but I read a post last night by Martin Fowler and James Lewis that really gets to the heart of this issue around encapsulation, decoupling, and value streams I’ve been talking about lately. http://www.leadingagile.com/2014/08/encapsulating-value-streams-object-oriented-enterprise/ http://www.leadingagile.com/2014/08/agressive-decoupling-scrum-teams/ The article does a great job […]

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Aggressive Decoupling of Scrum Teams

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What does aggressive decoupling look like? Last post I talked about the failure modes of Scrum and SAFe and how the inability to encapsulate the entire value stream will inevitably result in dependencies that will kill your agile organization. But Mike… as some level of scale, you have to have dependencies? Even if we are […]

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Encapsulating Value Streams and the Object Oriented Enterprise

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When you get right down to it, a Scrum team is fundamentally a container designed to encapsulate the entire product delivery value stream into a single workgroup. The value stream associated with software development typically goes something like this: analysis, design, build, test, and deploy. That’s pretty much everything you need to develop a working […]

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Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises, And What You Can Do About It

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Here is the deck from my Agile2014 talk on why many folks are struggling to adopt agile in larger, more complex enterprises. The presentation explores many themes persistent on this blog. Why agile works, why agile fails, what gets in the way, and how to systematically and pragmatically begin to refactor your legacy organization into […]

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