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  • The 3-A’s of Agile Interviewing

    I spent about 3-years working at a company called iContact from 2009 – 2012. While there I reported to their CTO Ralph Kasuba. Ralph was a wonderfully skilled leader and I’ve been reminiscing about him of late. Sure, we still stay in touch, but it’s not the same as working together each day. R...

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  • Forecasting: Is it EVIL in Agile Portfolios? (part 2)

    *Part two of a two-part series In my last post, I set the stage for why forecasting can be “Evil” in agile contexts because organizations don’t effectively engage their teams. Here are five reasons why engaging your teams is the best way to forecast. It’s not all-inclusive but simply intende...

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  • Forecasting: Is it EVIL in Agile Portfolios? (part 1)

    *Part one of a two-part series I’m often quite wordy in my blogs. I’ll pose an initial question in the title, throw out a thousand words or so, and then present a conclusion. I’m not going to do that here. Instead, I’ll be much more succinct. Is forecasting evil in agile portfolios? YES! The...

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  • Project vs. Product – Organizational Focus

    This is a continuation of a previous article. In that one, I tried to describe a project-oriented culture. These are more traditional in nature and, as I tried to illustrate, not that supportive of an agile mindset and execution. What is a Product-Based Organization? Not all of the below characteris...

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  • Project vs. Product – Organizational Focus

    Sometimes, my clients ask me which are the best organization structures that support a move to agile approaches. There are many ways to characterize their organizational structure and focus, but a common view I use is this: Are they aligned as a project-based organization or a product-based one? You...

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  • What Problems Are Executives Trying To Solve With Agile?

    More than a few years ago, an agile coaching colleague of mine shared the following experience he had regarding leaders and agile – If empowering teams, inspecting and adapting, and handling emerging requirements isn’t the problem execs are trying to solve, what exactly *is* the problem they are...

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  • Advice for leading an Agile Transformation

    Nathanial Willis posted this in LinkedIn recently: I asked Steve Denning for advice on how to successfully lead an agile transformation and here’s what he said: Get a bullet-proof vest and hockey mask because you’re going to get beaten and be shot at! (As he laughed) Stop communicating o...

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  • CIO’s – Technology, Business Process, or Culture Builder?

    I recently read an article in the Strategic CIO Journal entitled Top CIOs Become Business Process Czars. The key focus of the article was raising the bar on CIOs to become more broadly engaged in the overall business and the processes to deliver value. Now, I’m not going to critique the article, b...

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  • Agile is a Capacity Equalization Play

    Not that long ago, I received an email from someone in the Northwestern part of the US. They were thinking of moving to agile approaches and they wanted to pick my brain surrounding the logistics of “going Agile”. It was an introduction of sorts, but it was also an assessment. They were assessin...

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  • Business Agility 101

    Bob Galen, Principal Agile Coach, Vaco Raleigh With his deep, in the trenches, agile experience, Bob Galen is widely considered as a “Coach of Coaches” in the agile community. He’s been using Extreme Programming since 2001, Scrum practices since the late 1990s, and Kanban since 2009. He’s be...

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