a blogblogest 2013

Mike Cottmeyer

Religion, Politics, and Agile

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Dinner party

Most folks have heard the old adage that you never discuss religion or politics in polite company. Frankly, I’m guilty of both because I think it’s fun and I can take it. As a society, I think it’s time to consider a third category of zealotry that needs to be banned from our fancy dinner […]

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Should You Use Agile To Build Your Next Home?

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House

Before we start our conversation about governance in the structure-governance-metrics framework we’re building out, I want to take a minute and see if I can finally tell you guys about the house my wife and I were planning to build this past summer. It’s an important conversation because we need to establish a shared understanding […]

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Shu Level Agile Isn’t The Same As By-The-Book Scrum

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Martial Arts

A couple of years ago… gosh, probably more than that now… I got turned onto the idea of Shu-Ha-Ri by Alistair Cockburn. Alistair talks about this concept in both Crystal Clear and Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game. While it’s been a few years since I’ve read these books, what’s stuck in my head is […]

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How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise

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Build new business

  First of all… this is a really, really, really big topic. If we are lucky, we’ll get a start and maybe lay a foundation for future conversations. My goal in the next 1000 words or so is to at least introduce the foundational concepts, and frankly… help me see where I want to go […]

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Structure, Governance, and Metrics on Large Scale Agile Teams

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man drawing concept

Okay… let’s recap my last two posts. My first post in this little segment was called “The Underlying Mechanisms of Team Based Scrum.” In that post, I tried to make the case that the rules, ceremonies, artifacts, and roles of Scrum… while an integral part of Scrum… weren’t what Scrum was really all about. Scrum is […]

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