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Agile Emergency Management System

Agile Emergency Management System

This is a test of the Agile Emergency Management System. This is only a test. If this were an actual Agile emergency, this message would be followed by instructions based on the severity of the actual Agile emergency. This is only a test. . . .

Undercover Agile Boss

Undercover Agile Boss

Going undercover in a family practice medical group isn't the easiest thing to do. . . .

Success Story: Agility and Health Care

Success Story: Agility and Health Care

Just a few short years ago I began singing the praises of Agile to just about anyone who would give me the time of day. . . .

Functional Managers and Executives Are Failing Agile Teams

Functional Managers and Executives Are Failing Agile Teams

With an ever-expanding global economy, a great deal of pressure has been placed on managers and executives to embrace Agile. Yet, with the best of intentions in mind, managers and executives often fail the very Agile teams they have created. Unfortunately, the people who fill these roles often don't realize they are failing until the talent base walks out the door. . . .  

What Does Your Project or Program Play Card Look Like?

What Does Your Project or Program Play Card Look Like?

On just about any given Saturday or Sunday in the United States, you'll find friends and families enjoying time watching football (or American football, as my European friends call it). Regardless of whether it's the college or pro game, the telev...

Your Product Owner Is Missing in Action — Now What?

Your Product Owner Is Missing in Action — Now What?

We all know that three key groups exist in both the creation and implementation of successful Agile teams. These groups serve basic functions that are important for the team's collective and ultimate success. Many of the functions that each group ...

Greenfield and Scrum: A Recipe for Great Success or Colossal Failure

Greenfield and Scrum: A Recipe for Great Success or Colossal Failure

Over the course of the last 20 years, I have been both a participant and a leader on multiple programs that started from the ground up. They were called different things at different times, yet they can all be classified as Greenfield programs. Fo...

Maximizing the Value of Your Stand-up

Maximizing the Value of Your Stand-up

Over the last several years, I've been both a participant and a facilitator in many different stand-ups. As we know, the true value of the stand-up lies in the team's ability to continually strive toward the "commitment" for the current sprint cycle. The stand-up isn't a status report, yet often it becomes easy for team members to slip into a pattern of providing status-related information. I've used the time-honored stand-up approach for a while now, but I've often thought that a mature team could take these 15 minutes to a different level as it continues to evolve using Agile/Scrum.