Satisfaction from working in Agile and Big five personality traits

Satisfaction from working in Agile and Big five personality traits

Last (2018) year I published a questionnaire in several Agile-related Facebook-groups (Scrum Russia, Enterprise Agile Russia, Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS): на русском, Agile вне IT / Business Agility Russia и Kanban.club (Scrum-friendly)) I wanted to see how personality traits (Big five) relate to personal satisfaction from […]

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Marcus Aurelius on how to implement Scrum

Marcus Aurelius on how to implement Scrum

Being an Agile coach I help organizations to improve their way of thinking and working based on Agile mindset, values and principles. Part of that is providing training on Agile and Scrum. I teach participants what Agile values and principles […]

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On zero refinement in Scrum

On zero refinement in Scrum

My friend Steve Porter recently twitted on Product Backlog refinement:  “Refinement isn’t an event in Scrum. It’s a concept. It’s not mandatory and there are no hard and fast rules for when and how much. Zero refinement is acceptable, as is […]

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Remember the ignorance

Remember the ignorance

I recently had a very interesting conversation with Steve Porter from Scrum.org. We discussed a Scrum team where developers are not pulling their work themselves. Instead,  it’s a senior developer who, during the Daily Scrum, selects which Product Backlog items […]

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Why Product Owner needs courage

Why Product Owner needs courage

I had a conversation with Steve Porter from scrum.org on dysfunctional interactions between Product Owner and Development Team in Scrum. This discussion reminded me of an idea that I learned from Jordan B. Peterson that real trust is an act of […]

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Using Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram in Organizational Transformations

Using Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram in Organizational Transformations

What I want to emphasize before digging deeper is the fact that in order to use tools and techniques form psychology, one must first understand oneself and sort oneself out. As Jordan B. Peterson says, set you house in perfect […]

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When Shadow covers Agile

When Shadow covers Agile

In my previous post I described how personal Shadow of a manager can inhibit Agile transformation in organization (though I didn’t use the word “Shadow”). Here I would like to discuss Shadow in organizational context and explore how it influences […]

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When a Manager is not Agile (but thinks he is)

When a Manager is not Agile (but thinks he is)

Imagine you are an external Agile consultant invited to improve Scrum in a team. A product owner is a head of this department. Let’s call him Alex. Alex says a lot about self-organization and business agility and then during Sprint […]

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V for Vendetta (and A for Agile)

V for Vendetta (and A for Agile)

This post in some ways extends Why Scrum does not work (and what can we do about it). Today I was thinking on why do I feel discouraged by many of Agile transformation stories, and a speech by Slavoj Žižek “How To […]

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What Agile Coach Can Learn from Psychologist

What Agile Coach Can Learn from Psychologist

I’ve been recently thinking about popular Agile frameworks and approaches to Agile transformation. It seems to me that they are too mechanistic, and this seems to me one of the reasons why many of transformations fail. In my previous post […]

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