Too much of a good thing?
Someone asked me an interesting question at the end of last year, which sounded like “can you have too much of a good thing?”. This person works for a large organization that implements Agile methods in some manner, and their concern is that one of the stakeholders is getting in their face a bit. Can you have too much business stakeholder involvement? Most people seem to be fighting to get involvement from the business stakeholder side, not getting too muchRead More
Scrumban as a Success
I have had the pleasure of watching several teams work with Agile methods and to try and promote the better dynamics and feedback we seek in something like Scrum and Kanban. At the moment I have the pleasure of a team embracing Scrumban. In an earlier post I covered some of the ideas of Scrumban, a hybrid of Kanban and Scrum. To adopt the process, our team asked a couple of questions. What tools do we need? A short whileRead More
Is Agile Dead?
In the course of the last week or so, I have been sent numerous links to "Agile is dead" posts. Two people texted me a link, and several posted via Facebook and LinkedIn. This seems to be a topic that struck a nerve so I thought I would have a bit of a think about it and pass on some comment. Much of the commentary needs to be read in context. One of the most popular posts seems to beRead More
Free Spirits & Agile
Here it is in spring break for the local school district, and a break between jobs for myself as I finish up one place and move on to a (very exciting) new company in early April. The high school jazz band is off to Savannah on a jazz playing trip and I am joining them, willingly choosing to sit on a coach for a day with teenage musicians. Which got me thinking about something an old colleague of mine fromRead More
Agile Thoughts on Team Dynamics
I was thinking just the other day about some of my Agile teams and in particular a comment about change and reduced velocity. Which reminded me of some of the great training I have received from the Boy Scouts of America in their Wood Badge course. We forget that a team is dynamic and goes through phases and transitions. I get very used to my wonderful team that churned out 45 story points every sprint with almost monotonous regularity -Read More