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Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Should You Use Agile To Build Your Next Home?


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

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

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

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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Failure Modes of Team Based Scrum

Scrum Methodology

My take is that when you stop thinking about Scrum in terms of roles, ceremonies, and artifacts… it opens up the conversation to look at what’s really going on with your struggling Scrum implementation. No longer are we lamenting the absence of a product owner… we can discuss why the organization finds it so hard […]

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