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From the Sketch Book

  • law

    This week’s Weekly Inspection focuses on collaboration. Agile organizations value customer collaboration over contract negotiation. While it sounds  like simple common sense in theory, I often find that teams who think they have a collaborative relationship with their customers are blinded to the aspects of...

  • science-fair

    We’re beginning with the end in mind in this week’s Weekly Inspection. One of the most valuable elements of any process implemented in an agile environment is the regularly-scheduled product inspection. In Scrum, this inspection occurs during the Sprint Review. Other teams call this inspection...

  • practice

    In this week’s Weekly Inspection, we take a closer look at what it takes to become a high-performing team. We talk a lot about the value of high-performing teams in agile environments. Stable, persistent teams deliver software more predictably and with higher quality than teams that...

  • simplicity

    The focus is on focus with this week’s Weekly Inspection. You have a lot going on. Your iterations are overloaded and you’re always carrying most of it into the next one. You have a lot of projects in flight that seem to drag on forever....

  • ventriloquist

    This week’s Weekly Inspection focuses on enabling self-organization. Self-organization is a key component of a successful Agile team. Autonomous, self-directed teams perform better because of their members’ intrinsic desire to accomplish something. A self-organized team is on a mission, they support a cause. A team whose...

  • brian-johnson

    This week’s Weekly Inspection takes a look at team structure. Teams are the atomic unit of value in an agile environment. Stable, high performing teams deliver more value than resource pools. Many organizations are restructuring toward the team concept, but when I’m onsite with a...

  • TofG 191

    It can be smaller. Whether it’s a release, a feature, a story, a decision, an MVP, or an experiment, it can be smaller. Smaller is your weapon against uncertainty. Smaller is your ticket to gathering feedback. Smaller is your path to responding to change. Smaller...

  • band-manager

    What if developers could choose their manager? Not in that mystical sense like a child picking her parents. More like how a rock band chooses a manager. Or the way that an individual chooses a career coach. What if organizations had a pool of managers, or...

  • declaration

    Twelve score ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Less than one score ago, our fathers brought forth on this industry a new philosophy, conceived in self-organization, and...

  • uncertainty

    One of the reasons that Agile works so well in software development environments is that Agile teams recognize and manage the presence of uncertainty. Uncertainty is everywhere in development: in the specifics of the feature, in the implementation of the feature, in the integration of...

  • weekly-inspection

    I recently spoke at Agile 2016 in Atlanta about the power of involuntary feedback, and how you could build a company on top of the assumption that everything is going to change at some point. The way you do this is by having a system...

  • commitment

    When we talk about commitment, we’re either talking about a promise to deliver something specific, usually on a specific date, or we’re talking about the level of personal investment we’re putting into building the thing. We get into trouble when we allow our customers to...

  • hamilton-rehearsal

    I was reading a New York Times article about Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of Hamilton. He’s basically the guy that puts up the money to make the show in the hopes that it will be a success. While the show was in rehearsals, when he wanted to know...

  • gloves

    When is it okay to ship software that has known defects? Recently, while coaching a team in the middle of an agile transformation, I facilitated a conversation about this very topic. It started off as a discussion about process (who decides when a story is...

  • growth-mindset

    Author Carol Dweck has completely changed the way I approach the world. I’m a smart guy. I’m no genius but I’m pretty smart. Through most of my life, I’ve been able to get by just by being smart. For the most part it has turned...

  • outcome-output

    A new ScrumMaster wanted to know what to do with a 20 point story that wasn’t complete at the end of an iteration. I explained to her that the story and its points move to the next iteration, but she wasn’t happy with the approach....

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