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Agile & Culture: The Results

Posted on 06. Jul, 2010 by .


In May this year, I began a survey on Agile and Culture, covering the three big methods: Scrum, XP, and Lean-Kanban. I solicited participation on several major lists (scrumdevelopment, leandevelopment, and extremeprogramming) and from a couple of organizational clients. Approximately 120 people responded. The results were confirming on the one hand, surprising on the other. […]

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Leadership coaching for agile managers & executives

Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 by .


Michael is excited to be starting a ¬†leadership coaching group for managers & executives engaged in Agile transformations. From the beginning of his Agile career, Michael has worked extensively with management and their unique perspective on the world of self-organized teams and the necessary changes to management assumptions that accompany an Agile transition. Managers making […]

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Agile and Culture: Let the research begin

Posted on 11. May, 2010 by .


I have long been a student of organizational culture, and for the past six years or so, particularly focused on the impact of culture on implementing Agile in large organizations. The center of my cultural approach is the typology developed by my colleague Bill Schneider,¬† I have long taken the position that Agile teams seek […]

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Teams: A force of Nature

Posted on 29. Apr, 2010 by .


This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will […]

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Coaching Circles, Mentor Groups & Masterminds

Posted on 18. Apr, 2010 by .


A colleague of mine, Bachan Anand, kindly recorded a brief interview with me about coaching circles. It is available on YouTube. Bachan and I have been working to start an Agile coach mentor group and after a few false starts, finally succeeded! The backstory here is my exploration of different ideas relating to coaching circles, […]

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The Tao of Scrum (complete)

Posted on 08. Apr, 2010 by .


Following was inspired by the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing). I was preparing to teach a new Agile team and wanted a simple version of the rules of Scrum. I started with the Scrum Guide, which I distilled down into 15 basic rules and 53 sub-rules. The basic rules, in this Taoist-like format, are […]

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