People Over Process

People Over Process

Here is the latest version of my "People over Process" slides that are about coming back to the heart of Agile: People - to unleash astonishing results. It covers: Intro - People over Process. Agile = Culture. Whole Agile. Focus on People: Vulnerability, Authentic Connection, Safety & Trust (VAST) People-centric organizations (Laloux Culture Model) People-centric Change [...] Continue reading »
People over Process – Win with People

People over Process – Win with People

Success comes from Valuing People When we simplify the Agile Manifesto’s “Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools” we get “People over Process”. Agile is about people. It’s about a people-first culture. Sadly, many organizations are mired in organizational debt: mistrust, politics and fear. Changing the process won’t fix this. We need to go to [...] Continue reading »
Landscape of Sustainable Engineering Practices

Landscape of Sustainable Engineering Practices

I want to share an infographic and related narrative that has really helped people emotionally connect with the importance and challenges of sustainable software development practices. I usually show the landscape in a quick introduction to Agile; in two day trainings, I go through an in-depth narrative and discussion. Sustainable Engineering Practices The diagram shows [...] Continue reading »

5 Ways Scrum Creates Safety (vs. XP)

Just had my first article posted to Scrum Alliance website. (Click link to check it out). I originally wrote this 9 months ago to support my Certified Scrum Coach application, but that process finished first. Here is the abstract: Scrum contains a set of practices distinct from XP that are intended to enhance project safety. [...] Continue reading »
What’s better than Kanban?

What’s better than Kanban?

I was reading Freddy Balle's book The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround and I read something that stopped me dead in my tracks. In the book, after months of transitioning a manufacturing plant to continuous flow using Kanban, the Lean sensei asks the innocent question: Question: What is better than Kanban? To answer this, [...] Continue reading »
Rapid reliable releases

Rapid reliable releases

I recently attended a ThoughtWorks QTB - Rapid, Reliable Releases (AKA It's not making money until its in production) by Rolf Russell and Andy Duncan. It was a solid presentation around the importance of managing environments effectively. I will walk through the diagram below starting with ... a reliable continuous integration system creates a foundation [...] Continue reading »
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