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Being mindful about the teaching mindset I wear many hats at AgileSparks – what you might call a T-Shaped sparkie… Every week I can find myself wearing the consultant hat, the marketer hat, the thought leader hat, the trainer hat, the conference speaker hat,...

Getting into a teaching mindset

Being mindful about the teaching mindset I wear many hats at AgileSparks – what you might call a T-Shaped sparkie… Every week I can find myself wearing the consultant hat, the marketer hat, the thought leader hat, the trainer hat, the conference speaker hat,...

5 pitfalls when using Atlassian Jira

Jira Atlassian is a great ALM tool for managing your Agile environment. It provides a friendly work space for Agile teams, and have some informative out of the box reports that allow teams to easily apply root cause analysis. In the program level, there...

5 pitfalls when using Atlassian Jira

Jira Atlassian is a great ALM tool for managing your Agile environment. It provides a friendly work space for Agile teams, and have some informative out of the box reports that allow teams to easily apply root cause analysis. In the program level, there...

As  coach I’ve had several opportunities to be involved in the process of big organizations moving from waterfall to agile. You usually start with frowning faces, people coming to meetings reluctantly, armed with a load of cynicism and skepticism. Then after some time something...

Handling Reminisces of a Glorious Waterfall Past

As  coach I’ve had several opportunities to be involved in the process of big organizations moving from waterfall to agile. You usually start with frowning faces, people coming to meetings reluctantly, armed with a load of cynicism and skepticism. Then after some time something...

Here is an example of a fairly typical Marketing Kanban board which can be useful for marketing teams that are taking their first steps towards implementing agile marketing in practice using kanban.     You can print it out and use it as a source of ideas & inspiration...

Kanban for Marketing Kick-start Example

Here is an example of a fairly typical Marketing Kanban board which can be useful for marketing teams that are taking their first steps towards implementing agile marketing in practice using kanban.     You can print it out and use it as a source of ideas & inspiration...

“If they self-organize, what is our role as team leads?” This is one tough question my managers asked me when I proposed we give eXtreme Programming a try. At the time, this question made feel very uneasy, and I had a hard time providing...

If they self-organize, what is our role as team leads?

“If they self-organize, what is our role as team leads?” This is one tough question my managers asked me when I proposed we give eXtreme Programming a try. At the time, this question made feel very uneasy, and I had a hard time providing...

There is this thing. It’s coming up again and again. I would say it is the root of all evil. At least some of it. I am referring to the need of many software development managers to make sure all their employees are fully...

From Utilization to Done

There is this thing. It’s coming up again and again. I would say it is the root of all evil. At least some of it. I am referring to the need of many software development managers to make sure all their employees are fully...

Agile Practices using Jira Atlassian

The more we meet software development organizations, the more we see how Jira, the most popular ALM tool out there, is being misused.  Abusing the tool is quite easy actually… Paraphrasing Tolstoy’s words from Anna Karenina, “Good Jira implementations are all alike but unhappy implementations are all unhappy on...

Agile Practices using Jira Atlassian

The more we meet software development organizations, the more we see how Jira, the most popular ALM tool out there, is being misused.  Abusing the tool is quite easy actually… Paraphrasing Tolstoy’s words from Anna Karenina, “Good Jira implementations are all alike but unhappy implementations are all unhappy on...

This week I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida speaking at the Lean/Agile US conference. The subject of my talk today was “Introduction to Lean/Agile scaling approaches” where talked about why scaling approaches are necessary and when to actually try to de-scale as well as gave...

Comparing and choosing scaled agile approaches (or not scaling at all? )

This week I’m in Fort Lauderdale, Florida speaking at the Lean/Agile US conference. The subject of my talk today was “Introduction to Lean/Agile scaling approaches” where talked about why scaling approaches are necessary and when to actually try to de-scale as well as gave...

By Erez Tatcher & Yaki Koren Every summer my uncle Josh and his wife Nancy go on a big trip to see a famous waterfall. They love waterfalls. Sometimes it seems to me my uncle even loves preparing for the trip more than the...

The Great Waterfall Trip

By Erez Tatcher & Yaki Koren Every summer my uncle Josh and his wife Nancy go on a big trip to see a famous waterfall. They love waterfalls. Sometimes it seems to me my uncle even loves preparing for the trip more than the...

Note: This post was original published in Yuval Yeret’s personal blog “Validated Learning Over Opinions and Conventions” is the first value in the Agile Marketing Manifesto. A couple of weeks ago I was helping form what we call a “Marketing Agile Release Train” – a...

Agile Marketing Validation Board

Note: This post was original published in Yuval Yeret’s personal blog “Validated Learning Over Opinions and Conventions” is the first value in the Agile Marketing Manifesto. A couple of weeks ago I was helping form what we call a “Marketing Agile Release Train” – a...