Agile Trends 2020: Introduction and Part 1 – Individuals

Every year, we see all kinds of peoples and organizations from boundless industries and verticals post the top innovations in their specific area of expertise. While I value these writings, they always seemed to be focused around pushing a specific product line or driving people toward their services. This next set of 3 blogs attempt to be different. Many of the thoughts here are based on what several of my colleagues and myself have experienced in 2019 and what we think might be the trends that 2020 will bring. We’ll also organize this into three population themes (and thus the three blogs) that the agile community should be focused around – Individuals, Organizations, and Communities.

Taking Full Advantage of Lean-Agility

What does Atlanta traffic, deplaning, and and agility have in common? Wait, there is no punchline - they all are examples of false optimization or not optimizing the system as a whole. I can tell you are bought in on this amazing stinger! But quite seriously why, in the agile community, do I still hear … Continue reading Taking Full Advantage of Lean-Agility

A different take on Retrospectives

One of my favorite things is sharing life experiences with other people in the off chance that what I have gone through can help others. And not just gone through, but seemingly come out the other side with some sort of win! Recently, I had the opportunity to share about retrospectives (a tool used to … Continue reading A different take on Retrospectives

No Longer a Project Manager

Oftentimes, I am asked, "what do we do with project managers as we adopt agility?" Being a self-proclaimed "recovering project manager" I am sensitive to the people who we are impacting, however, I am also extremely dogmatic on improving the business/IT relationship. Below is a brief infographic I threw together for some folks last year … Continue reading No Longer a Project Manager

Homegrown Agile: The College Transfer and Focusing on the Wrong Metrics Wrongly

Word of warning: this blog post is half "The Agile Dad" post about experiences that highlighted agility in my family and half complaint session about yet another broken system. Introducing M I haven't introduced my oldest daughter that we shall affectionately call "M."  For some reason this brings back memories of Madame Judy Dench in … Continue reading Homegrown Agile: The College Transfer and Focusing on the Wrong Metrics Wrongly