Whether you've been managing for a long time, you have a new team or are a new manager; include your own positive and negative contributions to the team when you evaluate the team’s overall success. There could be times where it's you that may keep the team from growing. You could be out of touch... Continue Reading →
Common Agile Practices That Sabotage Us
Sometimes we need help to improve our team and sharing insights into why some practices and behaviors can sabotage team progress. Take a look at the following observations teams have made to see if your team can identify with them and take action before it becomes a bigger or longer term problem. Observation: We have... Continue Reading →
What options do we have to integrate a UX/UI team into our Scrum process?
Although this question doesn't come up all the time, it certainly comes up enough that sharing how our team made the decision to keep the Design team work outside our scrum team's sprint could be helpful to others. Just to give you some background, this team has been focusing on the intake of new projects, how... Continue Reading →
NOTE: Since this post references project workflow and you may want further clarification, check out my other post regarding project workflow here. Please take a look at the summary below which explains the type of meetings and practices throughout the lifecycle of our projects that we'll be focusing on improving and adjusting as we grow as an... Continue Reading →
Yes, We’re Agile but we still Plan, right?
Yes, of course you still need to plan - even when following some type of agile method. It still amazes me that so many organizations stop doing this. Some don't it because they believe that agile means no planning and some don't it because ... well, there are so many other reasons. Is it really... Continue Reading →
No Scrum Master? Is it still Scrum?
What happens when the team gets all the training about Scrum, begins to kickoff the process but they don't have a Scrum Master? There are arguments (some legitimate and some not) to justify why Scrum will work without a Scrum Master. First, let me say that a Scrum Master is a role not a title... Continue Reading →
Enterprise Agile Rollout at AOL
Experience Report Published on PMI Agile Community of Practice Newsletter February 2012: Enterprise Agile Rollout at AOL This report is a reflection of how AOL identified a need to change development methodologies and grow team creativity and ownership. The company reinvested in agile training and support over the past twelve months with the goal of... Continue Reading →
Is AOL going to come back or fade in the background?
I have the luxury of working at a company that is both youthful and experienced (proven by our AIM AV testing in the photo above). We represent the top talent, creative thinkers, early adopters and sometimes trend followers. In very interrelated ways, my fellow AOLers brought the strange, complicated and even unattainable internet into the... Continue Reading →
Trade Your Wasted Efforts for Tactical Plans
Frequently I have blogs, articles or emails sitting in my box for weeks before I have time to read them but when I do, it was at the right time for me to read them. One of those articles surfaced in my mailbox today and it was yet again, perfect timing. The article was from... Continue Reading →
Managers Tranforming with Agile Teams
Here is a great article/blog that I believe speaks very well to the topics many companies need to spend time talking about to support the agile transformation… http://www.estherderby.com/2011/08/rethinking-managers-relationship-with-agile-teams.html
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