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Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Agile Can Be Anything

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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

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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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Six Years of Scaling Mountains

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Hey everyone… thought it was worth noting that LeadingAgile had our six year anniversary this week. It’s been a hell of a run from just Dennis and I to over 60 people. I want to thank all the loyal readers of this blog… our customers… our employees… and all the awesome folks that have guided […]

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Encapsulation and Orchestration

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I spend a lot of time thinking about these two words. When LeadingAgile talks about forming teams and building organizational structures, we rely on the notion of encapsulation to increase local autonomy, and therefore empower the people doing the work to make local decisions. When we talk about orchestration, we understand that anything which cannot […]

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