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Where Do Baby Stories Come From?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Where Do Baby Stories Come From?

D uring my days at VersionOne, I had a great time doing some really fun, (and quite innovative), marketing shots meant to act as a catalyst to stimulate meaningful conversation about Agile topics in the workspace. One of my more recent rants was around what it meant to write a good user story from a true beginners perspective. The video was not intended to be long winded or go into great depth but was meant to explain that stories need to come from somewhere and draw on simple analogies to drive the point home. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, head on over and watch the video! It is...

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Does Agile apply to Sales and Marketing?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Does Agile apply to Sales and Marketing?

Have you ever wondered if you can apply Agile principles outside of the software development arena? Does it work in the hardware arena? How about way outside like marketing and or sales? I have recently been approached by a number of organizations that are trying to make the complete cultural shift over to Agile Teams. This often means transitioning teams that you would normally not associate with the Agile movement. I know of a handful of organizations that have embraced this change and I am willing to dedicate an entire Agile Mentor Newsletter to the topic, but first I would like to her...

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Mile High Agile 2011 = OUTSTANDING!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Blog | 13 comments

I am listening to Jean Tabaka give what I consider to be an AMAZING keynote presentation. Any first time conference that can pack over 500 people into a conference center and have the highest quality pack of speakers just impresses me beyond belief. I am VERY excited to present my Rapid Release Planning Workshop this afternoon. Every person I met so far here in Denver has been full of zest and zeal! The conference is quickly raising the bar and becoming something VERY special. Keep an eye out on Twitter for the latest posts #MHA11 and I will post about my session later. Living large with my...

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Is Your Organization Sweet on Agile?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

As Valentine’s day has come and gone, I have recently made a socking discovery… Many of the organizations I have been working with are sweet on the benefits of Agile, but they do not want to work hard on the shapely figure required to continue to operate as a nimble, quick, well sculpted machine. We all know that if we spent all of this holiday eating the candy and spent none of it focusing on shedding the pounds, it would make for one fat surprise in the end. Valentines is supposed to be a time where we focus on the needs of the organization and do things that may be more...

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Steps 9-10 of The Agile 12 Step Adoption Program are LIVE!

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Blog | 4 comments

Steps 9-10 are now out there and ready for consumption! I have received TONS of feedback regarding the first 8 steps much of which has been very positive. I invite you to enjoy the new Agile Mentor Newsletter format and let me know what you think are the latest hot Agile topics. We need to keep on distributing Agile information to as many groups as we can and have confidence that as Agile frameworks continue to expand within organizations, the knowledge that goes along with them expands with it. I am really looking forward to your thoughts regarding the 12 step program! Share...

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Is Agile Really that Fragile?

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Is Agile Really that Fragile?

I have been teaching a ton of Certification Scrum courses recently, and I have heard some remarks that have caused me to stir a little. Many people are under the impression that Agile is easy to break and it is by design that we should be able to break it. What startles me even more is that they believe that breaking Agile for the sake of organizational stability is ok. Please let me explain. There are hundreds of studies we can read, study, and ponder. Truth be told, Agile has already been proven to work. Why are we trying to bend it to its breaking point just to see what happens? Do we...

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