Once upon a time I used to run projects.
To be honest I am probably a better BA than a PM, but I have run quite a few projects and my projects always seemed to come through OK.
So when I encountered agile projects with product owners on them, I was pretty relaxed.
Continue reading “The problem with project managers and product based thinking”
The mysterious cheat sheet
In this long read, we continue to learn about Jason and his experience as an agile coach.
In this episode Jason and Sonja stumble on some useful tips for coaches when they stumble on a coaching cheat sheet left behind by one of the ancient coaches and they learn some great tips to use when coaching.
Continue reading “Jason’s coaching journey. The mysterious cheat sheet”
Some context before we start
This is the second in a series of long articles about Jason, who is an agile coach.
In the last episode, Jason was coaching away happily when suddenly it all came crashing down.
In this episode we look at how he reacts and how his friend Sonja tries to help him through some agile coaching. Then we look at some tips on how Sonja could have more effectively coached Jason.
Continue reading “Jason’s coaching journey – the struggling coaches”
The great thing about agile coaching is that you are helping people to help themselves. So if you get some traction, then people usually enjoy the journey and start to build momentum. Then they help themselves (with your support) and you can clearly see the value of your effort.
But it is not always as straight forward as that.
Once upon a time an agile coach faced a setback …
This article, and some others called “Jason’s coaching journey”, are a long read.
The article is a mythical story of how an agile coach found himself on a journey that turned into a real struggle.
As we learn about Jason’s journey, we will also look at whether, if we were coaching him, we could help him get back on track.
Continue reading “Jason’s coaching journey episode one. The big slap”
I recently stumbled on this article again – Original article talking scrum.
Actually someone posted it in LinkedIn .
The ideas seemed so clear and so right when I read the article. In fact it seemed like something “the old guard” had ignored in their ignorance.
This was fresh, free thinking that the old guard would ignore now to their peril, while we who understood it would usher in a new world.
But then I realised that it was written in the 1980’s and was already quite old when I read it the first time.
I had an epiphany.
I used to laugh at old guys who said things like “Cool Daddy o” and “Rock on.” They seemed to think that they were radical and a bit out of control, but to me their music was “what my parents used to listen to.”
It hit me that not long ago, “agile” was something we talked about in cafes as part of the anti-establishment fight against pointless bureaucracy.
Continue reading “Somehow I missed agile going mainstream”
Following a discussion I had in a recent class on agile coaching, I said I would create a “Choose your own adventure book.” I have only done 3 pages but if you are interested then have a look https://kingsaddress.wordpress.com/ If people like it then I might add some more content but for the moment it only has some comments on the different approaches to agile coaching that Lao Tzu and Confucius recommend. Continue reading A choose your own adventure for agile coaches
Velocity is possibly the most used, most loved and most misunderstood measure in agile projects. You will often see a rough chart like this one near your local agilistas … or you might find that they have a beautiful electronic version.
But what is velocity and how do people use it?
Continue reading “Understanding velocity – setting the scene”
Last century I learned about something called TQM which was all about empowering teams and improving processes. Now I am learning about agile and design thinking concepts.
These are great approaches and we have learned many things over the years, but some things have not changed.
For example, one thing common to all of these approaches is the concept that failure is good.
Failure is learning, so it is better to “fail fast” or “learn and pivot” than to avoid doing anything until you are sure it is safe.
But to be honest, when I fly from city to city I would prefer that the pilot does not fail often. In fact I hope he or she has flown the same plane a lot with other less important people, before taking me up and away from the safe ground I was on.
So, should be happy when we fail?
(warning – this is a very long read for a blog, but I thought I would send it out and fail to interest you rather than stop to think it through properly)
Continue reading “Do you really need to celebrate failure to improve continuously?”
It is commonly accepted wisdom that agile development is an IT thing, now making its way out into “the business”.
But it appears to me that the bus drivers in a city called Perth went agile without the IT guys showing them the way.
(warning – this is a bit of a long read).
Continue reading “When did the buses in Perth go agile?”
If you want to scale agile beyond one team you should probably use an agile coach to help you on your journey But watch out – some have signed the agile for evil manifesto and might not be a good fit for where you and your team want to end up. This is the manifesto I offered the team in our course … and some may have signed it. Others refused to sign and might be a better fit if you are hoping to work for the forces of good Continue reading If you want to scale agile you should use a coach. But watch out – some are working for evil agile