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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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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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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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Why Scrum does not work (and what can we do about it)

Why Scrum does not work (and what can we do about it)

Scrum is the most popular agile framework. Period. If we look at VersionOne 11th State of Agile report, Scrum is praciced by 58% of respondents (68% if we summ up Scrum and Scrum/XP hybrid). Among scaling frameworks Scrum although dominate: […]

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth and agile product management

Shakespeare’s Macbeth and agile product management

Yesterday I watched the Macbeth, a magnificent movie based on the cognominal Shakespeare’s tragedy. As described at IMDB, it’s a story of “Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will […]

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Agile Courses are not Dead — Just Evolved

Agile Courses are not Dead — Just Evolved

Jurgen Appelo’s article The Death of Agile Courses has a provocative, but fallacious title. Here is why. Today one friend of mine, who is a business trainer and, asked me if this article really describes what’s going on in Agile […]

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