In my last blog, I set the introduction around what drove us in our kitchen remodel; the agile concepts that I not only coach on but that we also live at home. You see, we are human and have the same constraints as most of you do - we have a mortgage, kids in college, kids in activities in school, and just life. All of this means we can't simply, "approve a project" and go, but rather we need to take an iterative approach that considers a variable scope...
Word of warning: this blog post is half "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 her … Continue reading Agile Dad: The College Transfer and Focusing on the Wrong Metrics Wrongly
Georgia in the United States is not known for "winter." But every three or so years, the Atlanta area is thrown into a tizzy by what Buford Calloway calls, "Connecticut Confetti, Flakes of the Devil's Dandruff, New England Clam Powder" in other words, SNOW. If you don't know what I'm talking about here is the … Continue reading Agile Dad: The Winter Storm and Emerging Technical Debt
My first thoughts about Agile practices were not those of increasing productivity (even though they can), improving product speed to market (which they do), or even breaking down the walls between traditional "business" and "IT" (which happens, all the time). Rather, I kept seeing a cultural and environmental shift in the ways people interacted - from the client relationships to the leadership relationships. I saw how, at the core, we empowered people to do what they do even better and deliver things of value in order to improve relationships and the subsequently the wealth of all parties involved.
It's Agile2017 time again! Woohoo!. Everyone from developers and scrum masters and lowly vendors to the "stalwarts" of the agile movement is here. Over the next week, we will listen to speakers talking about principles, application of agility, tools, systems, and even the new shiny stuff that is all around. But it tells me something about where we are headed as a "philosophy" when the first keynote speaker, David Marquet, doesn't speak of principles, tools, processes, or practices, but instead speaks of "leadership."