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Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Does Your Agile Lead to Agility?


You’re not Agile. That isn’t Agile. That isn’t how you do Scrum. That’s not SAFe. When did we decide to canonize the gospels according to Cockburn, Schwaber, Sutherland, and Leffingwell? What ever happened to: “we are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others to do it?” When did we begin […]

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Culture is the Boogeyman


Culture is just the boogeyman people use when they don’t know how to articulate an organizational change management strategy that executives will buy into. – Mike Cottmeyer You should do Scrum. You should be open to change. You should be a servant leader. You should empower your people. No? You’re a bad leader. You have […]

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[Talk] Agile Transformations Explained – Mike Cottmeyer Live @ Agile DC


Leading a large-scale agile transformation isn’t about adopting a new set of attitudes, processes, and behaviors at the team level… it’s about helping your company deliver faster to market, and developing the ability to respond to a rapidly-changing competitive landscape. First and foremost, it’s about achieving business agility. Business agility comes from people having clarity […]

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Agile Can Be Anything


Part of the problem writing about agile…speaking about agile… talking to others about agile… trying to get an organization to adopt agile… or even building a company to lead agile transformations… is that there is no common definition of agile. There is no accepted best practice. Agile is a set of beliefs that inform culture, […]

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Agile Teams


Teams in agile are a very specific construct. Teams are made up of 6 to 8 people… sometimes a person or two more, sometimes a person or two less… but the idea is that everyone should be able to talk to everyone else and pay attention to what each other are doing. They should be […]

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