I was talking to some experienced agile people and we started to discuss “agile coaching.” We agreed that it was a great idea and that everyone should have an agile coach. But then we realised that we did not mean the same thing when we said “coach.” We did agree on some things, like being able […]Read More Extending the coaching agreement – when is an agile coach not an agile coach?
I run a lot of workshops, including planning workshops and retrospectives. Sometimes the crew votes on things like “what is the best feature, or how did we go this time.” But sometimes we collect data and then want to discuss it as a team. And this presents a challenge – I like data in a […]Read More Use the river diagram to communicate data
[Editors note – this is a long an obscure article that made sense to me and some people I explained it to. If it is not making sense half way through abort rather than continuing … it either makes sense early on or does not make sense at all] I was running an agile course […]Read More Dealing with baddies on agile projects
Some people believe that if you are evil then you have no values and that you will be good at office politics, but that if you are good then you will have strong values and be really bad at office politics. I believe that regardless of whether you are good or evil, you will be […]Read More The dark art of politics – do you need values or a brand to win battles?
Apparently office politics is a horrible thing that other people do. But many of the emerging IT leaders I speak to get told they need to be better at “soft skills” and “influencing at a senior level”. What this often means is get good a politics. Sadly a lot of office politics seems to involve […]Read More The dark art of office politics for IT leaders (part one – why is it stressful?)
I often seem to face the same problem – how can I reduce my resources, increase my scope, improve quality and go faster? The best answer is – be clear on what you really want and decrease your scope. Sadly that is the opposite of what people want to hear, but usually delivering the right […]Read More Can I add more scope and still deliver on time? Or should I Scamper
I was speaking to some experienced Agilistas about whether “Agile” had a good or bad reputation at the moment. We spoke about agile maturity models, agile certification, real agile versus pretend agile and even whether there was a right way to do agile. We did not come to any agreement about whether certification and maturity […]Read More A mathematical formula to make agile work