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The Truth About the Limitation of Scrum

There is something I’d like to get off my chest. There is this notion in Agile that project management is no longer needed. Some even think that the role of a project manager will soon be extinct. Before we chase away project managers with pitch forks, lets back up a bit. I’m 100% on board […]

Advanced Scrum Training and Meeting Jeff Sutherland

When it comes to Agile delivery, I’m a big advocate for Scrum. Scrum offers an easy to understand and lightweight framework for developing products. Scrum is great, but it by no means is a silver bullet.  Scrum does not solve problems, it exposes them. It is like shining a big flashlight on your product development team, […]

Embracing Change and Dotcom Operations

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change” – Heraclitus Change is necessary in business, technology, and in our personal lives. For me, these past couple of months I have had a lot of change in my life. From moving to a new home to starting a new consulting assignment, change has been abundant. While change […]

A Fun Day in Minneapolis – Agile Day Twin Cities 2017

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Agile Day Twin Cities 2017 conference, sponsored by DevJam. The conference aims at helping Minneapolis Agile practitioners learn from each other.   Throughout the day there were breakout sessions which featured different speakers. The talks ranged from the people and business of Agile, to new ideas about […]

6 Steps To Take Before Making The Agile Transformation Plunge

With the popularity of Agile, more and more executives are pushing Agile transformation. To meet this demand, everywhere you look someone is now selling Agile. In a sense, Agile has become a commodity. Those selling the commodity offer things like Agile coaches, Scrum training, and SAFe certifications, just to name a few. Don’t get me […]

Everyone On The Delivery Team Is Responsible For Quality

When it comes to software quality assurance, most people think of phase at the end of a project. This testing phase is usually performed by “quality assurance” testers. The traditional project delivery model is to blame for this. As someone who worked as a software tester for years, I know about the pains of doing […]

Why I Love Agile (And You Should, Too!)

After recently starting a new consulting engagement as an IT program manager, I’m reminded why I love Agile.   For most companies, sticking with a Waterfall software delivery model is like being in a bad relationship. No matter how much you know and feel something is wrong, you keep going back to it. It could […]

12 Ways Management Can Empower Teams And Create Agility

With the advance of technology and globalization, organizations today must have agility. It doesn’t matter the industry, companies need to be able to adapt to change. As a consultant, I’ve seen this need first hand throughout the tech, retail, and financial industries. Gone are the days when different departments within a company worked in silos. Companies who still […]

Kanban vs Scrum – What You Need To Know

If you are familiar with Agile you know about Scrum and Kanban. While these two Agile frameworks have similarities, they are also very different. Their differences go way beyond stickies on boards. In this post I’ll describe the two frameworks and their history, as well as their benefits and differences. Scrum Overview – Scrum is by […]

Adapting to change, the Agile organization

Organizations today must be Agile to deal with the rapid pace of change due to globalization and technology. In software development, we have seen how well cross functional Agile teams can deliver value. Companies that adopt this same level of agility across their enterprise will be well served. I’m not talking about scaled Agile or some […]

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