Archive for the ‘How to Get Started With Agile’ Category

Why you might struggle with Progressive Elaboration


Progressive Elaboration is the process of breaking Epics down into User Stories and defining details of those stories over time as the stories move through release planning and get closer and closer to being added to a Sprint. I’ve been exploring why some organizations struggle to put this into practice. Context: I often work with largish […]

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Bottom-Up Implementation and Top-Down Intent in Agile Transformations


When dealing with complex agile transformations in large enterprises, use bottom-up implementation and top-down intent. Mike introduced this “bottom-up implementation and top-down intent” concept in a prior post. As Mike puts it, this is “where leadership sets the direction and establishes constraints, but with teams that are empowered to operate within those constraints.” Bottom-up implementation Bottom-up implementation means […]

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Structure 1st: Why You Should Not Start With Practices


Starting your agile transformation with a focus on practices is not an entirely bad idea, but with the wrong culture and structure, agile practices will be superficial. People will go through the motions. People will do agile things like have standups, demos, and planning meetings. You’ll have stories. It will look agile on the surface. […]

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