There is a plethora of electronic tools available to help manage an Agile team’s product and project work items. VersionOne, Agile Central, Jira, Pivotal Tracker, Visual Studio Team Services – the list gets longer every day. With so many tools available in the industry, it’s...

When a company is in the midst of an Agile transformation, there inevitably comes a time when a good number of the people in the organization start wondering what their role is. This is natural and expected. After all, the ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and Development...

As I mentioned in my prior post, I’ve come a long way in a short time in terms of my understanding of Agile… with much further to go.  In that post, I specifically acknowledged my misuse of the Scrum vocabulary over the years that must...

This Weekly Inspection is brought to you by Charles Darwin. One of the first things we get caught up in when transitioning to an Agile environment is vocabulary. We don't estimate anymore, we're sizing now. We're not writing requirements anymore, we're crafting user stories. Good bye...

This week's Weekly Inspection looks at the value of an Agile Coach. A referee has expert command of the rules of the game. A coach understands how and when to apply those rules to win the game. A referee penalizes players for violating the rules of the game. A...

I feel like I formally joined the Agile community last week. As background, I had been operating on the peripheral for the past decade while serving in the IT staffing world.  While I was vicariously living and learning through the people who were in the Agile...

We're framing up a proper Sprint Review in this week's Weekly Inspection. If you're using Scrum to manage a software development system, you're (hopefully) conducting Sprint Reviews at the end of each sprint to review the results of the iteration, and to demonstrate the new value the...

In this week's Weekly Inspection, we consider the consequences of spending too much time on your plans and designs. I often find myself talking with software development leaders about emergent planning, the idea that we don't have to plan the entire project up-front before we start...

In this week's Weekly Inspection, we recognize that different types of problems require different approaches. The distinction is significant. We don't solve complex problems the same way that we solve complicated problems. We don't manage complex systems the same way that we manage complicated systems. Complicated problems...

In this week's Weekly Inspection, we try to ask, 'how's that working out for you?' with a straight face. It's hard to ask without sounding snarky. But it's an honest question. Someone recently told me that a sailor out to sea cannot chart a course back to...