Certified to Start

Within the Agile community there are those who obsessively collect certifications like stamps and those who love to hate on certifications like pariahs. In between, is everyone else trying to figure out why all the fuss. Here’s my personal opinion - certification is necessary but not sufficient. Let’s start peeling back the layers of the certification onion […]

Virtualizing Communications?

Have you ever felt like the universe was trying to tell you something? No matter which way you turned or what you did, you kept getting the same message everywhere? It all started with a colleague of mine sharing his experience over the weekend attending a virtual conference called The Remote Forever Summit 2018. A free, on-line conference dedicated to sharing experiences and knowledge to improve remote working environments in distributed teams and in organizations.

Pedestrian Kanban

All Kanban boards start off with the best of intentions. The Kanban system is designed and a board is created with a fresh set of stickies to prime the backlog ready to be pulled through to done. The team eagerly gathers around the board on a regular basis to review the work, share what they’ve done, plan to do and any impediments in their way. But over time, the flow of work items starts to slow and bottleneck. People start missing standups as their curiosity wanes. Those that do show-up seem disinterested and pre-occupied with their device of choice. A general sense of malaise settles in. We’ve entered the Pedestrian Kanban Zone!

Why Don’t We Learn?

Learning is the lifeblood of sustainable change. Continuous learning begets continuous improvement. The day we stop learning is the day we stop improving. Learning opportunities abound for Agile teams. The question is “Do Agile teams want to learn?”. And if they do want to learn, the next question is “Do organizations allow for learning?”

The Demise of PowerPoint?

In the old days, the size of an organization was directly proportional to the volume of PowerPoint slides and presentations that it created. Fast forward to today and large, successful enterprises like Amazon are realizing the limitations of PowerPoint and other forms of one-way presentation. In fact, Jeff Bezos, the Founder and CEO of Amazon banned PowerPoints from executive meetings. [...]