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Lately I had the opportunity and pleasure to facilitate a process of designing cross-functional feature teams in a self-selection process. Self-selection is a facilitated way to let people choose which team to work in. It is surprising how rare this practice is sometimes even...

Experiencing Self-Selection of feature teams

Lately I had the opportunity and pleasure to facilitate a process of designing cross-functional feature teams in a self-selection process. Self-selection is a facilitated way to let people choose which team to work in. It is surprising how rare this practice is sometimes even...

When teaching SAFe (The Scaled Agile Framework) we talk about “Ba” – the sense of togetherness and connectedness that amplifies the performance of teams and larger groups (e.g. Agile Release Trains). This week when visiting Leankit (To teach an Implementing SAFe 4.0 SPC4 class to...

Ba – A sense of togetherness – Amplified by Music

When teaching SAFe (The Scaled Agile Framework) we talk about “Ba” – the sense of togetherness and connectedness that amplifies the performance of teams and larger groups (e.g. Agile Release Trains). This week when visiting Leankit (To teach an Implementing SAFe 4.0 SPC4 class to...

Intro Earlier this month I was helping a software organization in an Israeli defense organization (that’s why there are no pictures) run their first PI Planning event. The day after I told my colleagues at Agilesparks that this is one event I will try...

PI Planning Magic!

Intro Earlier this month I was helping a software organization in an Israeli defense organization (that’s why there are no pictures) run their first PI Planning event. The day after I told my colleagues at Agilesparks that this is one event I will try...

You may be smart. You may be intelligent. You may be creative. Yet to really achieve something meaningful, to make a real change, you need to do what the title suggests. I like words and these three did something to me. There are other...

The Need To Continuously and Relentlessly Persevere

You may be smart. You may be intelligent. You may be creative. Yet to really achieve something meaningful, to make a real change, you need to do what the title suggests. I like words and these three did something to me. There are other...

Which Estimation Units Should Your Teams Use For Work Items?  Why estimate in the first place? At the feature level, you want estimates so you can figure ROI (Return On Investment), so the business and product owners can prioritize one feature against another At...

Comparing Estimation Techniques

Which Estimation Units Should Your Teams Use For Work Items?  Why estimate in the first place? At the feature level, you want estimates so you can figure ROI (Return On Investment), so the business and product owners can prioritize one feature against another At...

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...