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Fueling Delivery Teams

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I’ve started using an analogy to illustrate the importance of product owner teams in larger organizations.  When working with organizations to do an agile transformation, almost always, a tiered model is used for scaling across the organization. The model looks something like this: The top tier is portfolio management which is responsible for investment decisions and […]

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The Power of Questions in Artifact Design

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Effective coaches use powerful questions, not to obtain answers but to stimulate thought so insight emerges and knowledge is generated. Why not leverage this power by designing artifacts explicitly around questions? This will work for either formal artifacts used to capture and persist knowledge, or informal artifacts used to guide a conversation or workshop. In […]

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How Do I Prioritize Work?

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Value is a funny thing.  In enterprise agile coaching, I’m frequently encountering teams that are trying to either (1) complete every single project at the same time because they are all equally valuable, or (2) using a nebulous unit of sorts (say a 100 point scale) to indicate how valuable a work item may be. […]

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Scrum: Committing While Discovering

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One of the more common themes that I come across while working with teams is the question of “how can we make a sprint commitment if we are still discovering how to solve for a story or set of stories?” This is a great question. I may have lost some of you already due to my […]

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Trust me… Agile just won’t work here…

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I usually smile when I hear a statement like this: “Our culture is way too …” fill in the blank “Agile just won’t work here!” Why do I smile?  I find that people are typically referring to a common belief that in order to be “agile” an organization’s culture needs to be one of “trust”.  The belief […]

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