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

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

Agile Dad: The Winter Storm and Emerging Technical Debt

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

Agile Dad: The Beginning

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.

Leadership is the Key – Agile 2017 Day 1

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."

Three Reasons Why You Should Not Hire an Agile Coach

Originally posted on LinkedIn here. I admit it - I am an agile coach. I walk teams through starting up, I work with Product Owners on building backlogs, I work with organizations on agile adoption, I help people and companies get more "awesome." And now I am going to tell you three reasons why you shouldn't hire me, or anyone like me! Now, this doesn't mean every organization should never hire coaches, but over the years I have witnessed scenarios where coaches could not be successful.