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  • Making Release Frictionless, a Business Decision, Part 2

    In Part 1, I talked about small stories/chunks of work, checking in all the time so you could build often and see progress. That assumes you know what done means. Project “done” means release criteria. Here are some stories about how I started using release criteria. Back in the ...

    Tags: MPD, project management, agile, continuous integration, lean, small stories, transition to agile, value, version control

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  • Making Release Frictionless, a Business Decision, Part 1

    Would you like to release your product at any time? I like it when releases are a business decision, not a result of blood, sweat, and tears. It’s possible, and it might not be easy for you. Here are some stories that showed you how I did it, long ago and more recently. Story 1: M...

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  • Board Tyranny in Iterations and Flow

    I was at an experience report at Agile 2016 last week, Scaling Without Frameworks-Ultimate Experience Report. One of the authors, Daniel Vacanti said this: Flow focuses on unblocking work. Iterations (too often) focus on the person doing the work. At the time, I did not know Daniel’s twitte...

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  • Individual Contributor vs. Team Member

    Many people draw distinctions between people who do management-kind of work and people who do  “individual contributor” kind of work.  I’ve been asking if they mean individual work or team member work. Sometimes, they do mean individual work. More often, they mean team...

    Tags: management, MPD, culture, flow efficiency, leadership, teams, transition to agile, value

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  • Efficiency Rants and Raves: Twitter Chat Thursday

    I’m doing a Twitter chat November 3 at 4pm Eastern/8pm UK with David Daly. David posted the video of our conversation as prep for the Twitter chat. Today he tweeted this: “How do you optimize for features? That’s flow efficiency.” Yes, I said that. There were several Twi...

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  • Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 3

    I started this series writing about the need for coaches in Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1. I continued in Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 2, talking about the changed role of managers in agile. In this part, let me address the role of senior manager...

    Tags: agile, MPD, coach, coaching, collaboration, project management, project team, team, teamwork, transition to agile

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  • Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 2

    In Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1, I wrote about circumstances under which a team might want a coach. It wasn’t an exhaustive list. It had several questions defining when coaches might help the team to become agile, not be cargo cult agile. One of the reasons w...

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  • Coaches, Managers, Collaboration and Agile, Part 1

    There was a fascinating Twitter conversation last week when I was busy writing other things. (I also find Twitter to be a difficult-for-me arena to have a conversation. I need more than 140 characters.) The conversation started when Neil Killick tweeted this: orgs need coaches not because “...

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  • How the Agile Project Manager and Product Owner Roles Intersect, Part 3

    In What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1, I described what facilitative agile project managers do. In What Agile Project Managers Do Not Do, Part 2, I described a number of roles a more traditional project manager might think is their job still, even if they are supposed to be/use agile. So...

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  • What Agile Project Managers Do Not Do, Part 2

    In What Agile Project Managers Do, Part 1, I spoke about what agile project managers might do. Here’s what agile project managers do not do: The agile project manager does not assign work. The agile project manager does not estimate work on behalf of the team. The agile project manager does...

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