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Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Some Thoughts on Self-Organization in Agile Teams


I think some of us are getting it wrong when it comes to self-organization. Self-organization doesn’t mean that the team doesn’t have managers or that they get to decide what problems to solve or what product to build. Self-organization doesn’t mean that the team doesn’t have any tooling constraints, or architectural constraints, or budget constraints, […]

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What It Takes to Develop an Agile Transformation Strategy


Okay… this is going to be a precursor to a more fully developed whitepaper, but I want to see if I can tightly articulate the LeadingAgile approach to designing and executing an enterprise agile transformation. This post is going to focus on the ‘what’ and leave out the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ for the time […]

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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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