Presentation: The Agile Coaching Profession

June 19th, 2014 No comments

I was invited to speak at Agile SoCal on 6/18/14 and offered the topic of “The Agile Coaching Profession”. I knew from previous sessions that many of the regulars are coaches or do some coaching in their work so I thought it would be fun to share my view of the profession. Read more…

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A Sprint is Not a 2-Week Waterfall!

February 3rd, 2014 No comments

One of the most frequent Scrum questions I get in my travels is this:

“How can we improve our Sprints so that we don’t run out of time for testing?”

The answer is simple. Stop treating your Sprints like a short waterfall. You run out of testing time because team members are still working in silos and think that testing comes after coding. Instead, we want to use Agile and Lean principles to improve our Sprint flow, reduce risk and get more done with less effort.  Read more…

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The Agile Testing Pyramid

January 28th, 2014 No comments

The Agile Testing Pyramid is a handy way of describing the difference between traditional software testing and testing for iterative development. The differences are important for Agile success and require re-thinking and re-tooling for many organizations.  Read more…

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Mindful Coaching

September 22nd, 2013 No comments

We briefly interrupt our series on Agile Transition to bring you a shallow dip into a very deep pool. At www.agilecamp.org, Jeff McKenna and I gave mini-workshop on the importance of cultivating mindfulness and accessing presence when coaching others. Most of us equate mindfulness with stillness and meditation. While there is huge value in such  practices, here we are talking about active mindfulness while serving others. All of the common coaching skills require some level of self-awareness. A coach who can access presence while serving their client will have more success, both from being more capable in their craft and by nurturing mindfulness in their client. Read more…

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Agile Transition Part 2: Success Factors

August 19th, 2013 No comments

A number of success factors for Agile Transition are important to emphasize because they represent structural and, in many cases, cultural shifts from traditional software development and management environments. Most organizations miss many of these, thinking that they are simply changing the way that software is written and tested. There is so much more to this transition than just plugging in a new process. In fact, the technology shift is often the easiest part. The transition will go better if everyone is aware of these factors from the start. Read more…

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Agile Transition Part 1: It Takes More Than Training

August 12th, 2013 No comments

Many companies start their shift to Agile by bringing in a trainer. It’s a good idea, but it is not enough. Agile adoption is not like putting a new set of tires on your car. Before too long, you are going to have to redesign the car because people will be sitting in different places and the engine will be using new, more powerful fuel. Your organization is going to change and the change will be quicker and more successful if you go about it deliberately.  Read more…

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