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Clear Up These Three Expectations of Agile Transition

Since “agile” implies speed right in the name, you could not judge someone too harshly for expecting agile transition to be quick and easy. But this and other reasons make it all the more important to manage expectations during the change. In a post at the Clever PM, Cliff Gilley pinpoints three particular misconceptions that you can clear up before they become a problem: Agile transitions go quickly. Agile means we get more, faster. Agile …

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3 Ways to Make Agile Work in the C-Suite

Not just any area of business will benefit from adopting an agile approach. In fact, it takes a lot of analysis and deep understanding of the business to really know where agile will be a home run. However, as Eric Garton and Andy Noble explain in an article for Harvard Business Review, there actually is no danger in having the C-suite itself adopt an agile mindset. Here are three tips for the C-suite to effectively …

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7 Certifications to Entice Every Agile Practitioner

Certification can be a great way to develop new skills. Alternatively, it can be a great way to prove you are capable with the skills you already have too. In any case, certifications are great for a career. In an article for CIO.com, Sharon Florentine touches upon seven different certifications that could be of interest to agile practitioners: PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner): The Project Management Institute and its various credentials are often seen as the …

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3 Questions When the Agile Interview Turns Sour

When you show up for a job interview for an agile position, you can never be quite sure what you will get. Does this business really understand agile, or do they just expect agile to be a silver bullet for problems? In an article for Business 2 Community, Ian Mitchell discusses your options for when you are in a situation where the interviewer clearly does not have a full grasp of agile. It could be …

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What Is the Project Manager’s Role during Agile Transformation?

The decision has been made to become an agile team, so the project manager faithfully follows through on transforming the team. How though? What does the project manager do? In an article for Scrum Alliance, Mayuri Patel decides to give her own answer to this question, because none of the other answers she ever heard were satisfactory. The Space In-Between In the first place, one thing that makes answering the question difficult is that many …

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In Defense of ‘ScrumBut’

“ScrumBut” is a pejorative describing instances where a person says, “We do scrum, but…” In other words, ScrumBut summarizes all the ways and reasons that people do not have a true scrum implementation. But in a post at the Clever PM, Cliff Gilley takes umbrage with the idea that ScrumBut is always an awful, condemnable thing. In fact, to treat it that way is a betrayal of the tenants of agile, because when it comes …

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4 Strategies to Work with Innovation Killers

The status quo is the enemy of improvement, which means—on occasion—we are all the enemy of improvement. Very few people purposely intend to stifle innovation though. Usually, they are just trying to ensure that nobody ruins a good thing. In an article for Forbes, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic identifies four types of behavior that kill innovation and how to address people who exhibit them: Threat-detection mode Passive resistance Complacency Obedience to authority Mind Games Threat-detection mode is …

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Flattening the Organization Probably Isn’t the Answer

If you go lean, does that mean the business must inevitably flatten? In a post at Lessons in Lean, Gregg Stocker says the answer is actually a no. Of course, most businesses could certainly stand to remove some layers of bureaucracy, but it has to be approached in the right way. Flattening for the sake of flattening can lead to confused priorities and frustrated employees. One might say that too much autonomy can lead to …

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Responsibility and Self-Organized Teams: Are We Doing It Wrong?

Self-organized teams agree to take care of themselves, in varying degrees. They likewise agree to share responsibility for all of the tasks that go into completing their project. However, in a post at his blog, agile coach John Yorke observes a tendency of self-organized teams to direct disproportionate energy toward the wrong tasks, or to neglect doing work if it does not seem important enough to the goals at hand. Freedom to Meander Yorke points …

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What are the Three Most Important Agile Practices?

Being both a methodology and a mindset, agile encompasses many things. When hoping to run a successful agile implementation though, you cannot afford to be watching every moving part all of the time. You need to focus on ensuring some essential elements are in place instead. So what are the three most important agile practices? In an article for Scrum Alliance, scrum master Rex Lester shares his compelling three picks: Ensure that the voice of …

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