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 Common Agile Practices That Sabotage Us

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 … Continue reading What options do we have to integrate a UX/UI team into our Scrum process?

Agile Ceremonies


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 Agile Ceremonies

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 Yes, We’re Agile but we still Plan, right?

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 No Scrum Master? Is it still Scrum?

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 Enterprise Agile Rollout at AOL

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 Trade Your Wasted Efforts for Tactical Plans