Breaking the Status Quo

Breaking the Status Quo

Sometimes change doesn’t happen as quickly as we’d like it to. Whether you’re a change manager, agile coach, or employee tasked with making a change work, you’re most likely needing to influence people around you without having direct control or ownership of the...
When Agile Isn’t Enough

When Agile Isn’t Enough

We’ve sifted through a decade of Version One’s State of Agile Development survey in order to create our Decade of Agile report (that you can get for free here), to see how Agile has evolved over the years. It’s no surprise to those who follow the...
Finding the Right Agile Coach

Finding the Right Agile Coach

This year at the Toronto Agile Tour I ran a new session about how to hire an Agile Coach. A few months ago I saw an article on Linked In titled something to the effect of “how to pass your Scrum Master/Coach interview”. Thanks to whoever wrote it, because...
How Roles Change With Agile

How Roles Change With Agile

Scrum has 3 roles: Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Team Member. Scrum specifically says the team needs all the necessary skills to do the work, which is why people are referred to as Team Members. What happens in large organizations that have oodles of specialists?...
Creative Problem Solving with Design Thinking

Creative Problem Solving with Design Thinking

Last week we sponsored Communitech’s Design for Change session, hosted by Barry Katz. Barry opened with a few stories about ‘design‘. I put design in quotes because that term can mean a few things. In this context, it doesn’t mean the look of...

Organizing Your Organization Around Microservices

In 1968, programmer Melvin Conway stated: “organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.” Basically, if you have three teams building a compiler, they’ll likely build a...