a blogblogest 2013

Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

LeadingAgile Website Redesign


Hey everyone… not sure how many of you actually visit our site vs. keeping up with RSS… but if you’ve had a chance to visit leadingagile.com in the last few weeks, you’ll notice some pretty significant changes. This is the third major revision since I started the blog 8 years ago… and really the first […]

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Compensation Strategies for Agile Teams


I don’t consider myself an expert on designing compensation systems, but as of late this issue has come up with several clients, and of course, I have to deal with compensation issues leading LeadingAgile. I’d like to share some thoughts with you guys, get some feedback, and maybe even generate a little healthy debate. The […]

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Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Agile

Insurance concept

Okay… let’s set a little context here. In my last post we talked about two different types of projects. The ones that are knowable and the ones that aren’t knowable. Projects where it makes sense to estimate and projects that are more like R&D investments where we are spending money to learn and discover. Today, […]

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Understanding Risk in Your Project Portfolio

risk management

A post or so ago I used the process of designing and building a house as a metaphor for how to plan an agile project. I was basically making the case that we would never spend our own money the way we are asking our stakeholders to spend their money. We would never give a […]

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Religion, Politics, and Agile

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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