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Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Some Thoughts on LeadingAgile Going Into 2015


One nice thing about being in the consulting industry is that you typically end up with a little downtime around the holidays. Most of our customers slow down, and even if people are still working, there often isn’t much appetite for change. For me, the year can get pretty noisy and it’s really tough to […]

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Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies


As usual… I’ve gotten a little sidetracked on my Agile 101, 102… series of posts. I’ve got the 201 post half finished, but haven’t been able to spend the time getting over the hump. That said, I want to divert just a little and talk about agile in general, explore some of what it is, […]

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Teams 102


Much of my personal journey over the past 8 years has involved unpacking some of the more dense concepts we tend to take for granted when we talk about agile. For me, it’s all about understanding the primitives of these approaches and trying to figure out how to apply them in unique ways. I’m deeply […]

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Teams 101


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


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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