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Back to Basics…Part Deux


Back to Basics…Part Deux

In May of 2018, I published this Back to Basics post -

The intent was to refocus attention back to some of the original thinking and mindset of the early days of agile. Not to sound too nostalgic, but life was much simpler then.

I want to add to the list I shared then:

If you want to get back to the roots of agility I encourage you to research the following…

And you might want to investigate how Spotify is implementing agile practices. Not putting them up on a pedestal but considering them a role model for learning the basics of agility in practice.


Has Agile Jumped the Shark?  Part deux!


Has Agile Jumped the Shark? Part deux!

About a year ago my podcasting partner Josh Anderson asked me this question. To be honest, I hadn’t even heard the term before he brought it up. It inspired me to write this brief blog post for Velocity Partners.

I was hoping to get some traction on the questions I posed in the post, but I don’t believe anyone responded. This was about a year ago and I recently attended a presentation that made me reflect back on it.

Here’s a link to the original podcast.


The Agile Project Manager—“Going Agile”...The Price of Admission

I often get asked to visit agile teams—delivering some ad-hoc training and taking a look about. Usually I’m asked to do an informal assessment and share improvement feedback—framing the visit as part get to know each other session and part agile assessment. A short while back I visited a team. They’d been doing agile (mostly Scrum) for quite a while and considered themselves relatively mature in their adoption.

Right away, when I got off the elevator, I noticed that their environment was open and airy; so very conducive to collaborative agile teams.  There were rolling whiteboards all about and small groups of people were talking and pairing all over the place. Even the managers were sitting out in open space.