• Agile Leadership Patterns: 15 Minute Video

    Agile Leadership Patterns: 15 Minute Video

    Want to understand agile and its challenges fast? Check out this comprehensive 15 minute video. Dan Greening (Senex Rex) and Brent Barton (SolutionsIQ) explore the fundamental patterns of agility; how leadership inhibits and nurtures agility; why agile is hard to maintain; how to tell rapidly if a person, team or organization is agile; how to build agile…

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  • Limit Work in Progress

    Limit Work in Progress


    Context: We measure progress and experiment with processes and products. However, experiments can take a long time, and failures can have huge costs. We have a lot of balls in the air, a lot of inventory to sell, and a lot of great stuff that isn’t quite done yet. We have a problem … We adapt…

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  • Agile Capitalization Workshop

    Agile Capitalization Workshop

    The two-day Agile Capitalization Workshop includes a one-day seminar followed by a one-day company-specific workshop. The seminar covers GAAP or IFRS principles (depending on country), capitalization benefits, applicable regulations, and real-world examples of capitalizing software developed using agile practices. Learn from the people that pioneered defensible agile capitalization practices in a $10B publicly traded company.

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  • Agile Cancer: Does team-only agile cause developers to quit?

    Agile Cancer: Does team-only agile cause developers to quit?

    When agile coaches have no access or influence with high-level managers, agile transformations won’t work; Zach Bonaker walks away from those agile coaching opportunities. Ryan Ripley observes that when low-level agile coaches teach engineers there’s a better way, and management won’t become agile themselves, many smart developers will leave the dysfunctional company and join a company with agile managers. We need new ways…

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  • Chunk Before Choosing

    Chunk Before Choosing

    Creative people with limited resources, such as product managers, developers, CEOs, investors and artists, must choose which items to assess, staff or fund. They compare value, cost, flexibility and risk to make a decision. Faced with too many options, we choose badly …

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  • How to Read and Write Pattern Languages

    How to Read and Write Pattern Languages

    Pattern languages can help us understand complex systems. Read how pattern languages work, and how you can write your own. We are defining agility and its practices using a pattern language called the Agile Canon. Using the first five patterns in the Agile Canon, you can diagnose whether your team is agile, whether it can…

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  • Experiment to improve

    Experiment to improve


    Context: Plenty of data informs us. We can forecast when things will happen. Our progress metrics are aligned with long term goals. But externalities impede our progress: competitors emerge, delays harm us. We are passive victims of outside circumstance. Passivity until risks are revealed can be too late … We suspect unknown dangers, economic loss, and growing ineffectiveness. Our…

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  • Agile Supply Chains Take the Lead

    Agile Supply Chains Take the Lead

    Dustin Mattison interviewed me on how one could apply agile principles to supply chain management. The interview shows how to map Agile Base Patterns to a non-software field. You can listen to the podcast here: The Five Characteristics of Sustainable Agile Methods, from the Future of Supply Chains blog.

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  • Agile Cancer: Stop Whining and Cure It

    Agile Cancer: Stop Whining and Cure It

    As we speak, agile leaders are killing their children. Dave Thomas proclaims that Agile is now for “people who don’t do things”. Giles Bowkett argues that “Scrum should basically just die in a fire.” Alistair Cockburn stood in front of Agile 2009 to proclaim “I come to bury Agile, not to praise it.” Like spoiled…

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