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A big problem about a garden is that it doesn’t stop growing. And so does the scope of a software development project. A lot of effort is invested by gardeners in fighting the growing garden. They are constantly weeding, pruning and trimming to control...

How To Keep Development Scope From Growing Wild

A big problem about a garden is that it doesn’t stop growing. And so does the scope of a software development project. A lot of effort is invested by gardeners in fighting the growing garden. They are constantly weeding, pruning and trimming to control...

Invitation and Pull-based approaches for implementing agile at scale have been a reoccurring theme in my work, writing, and talks in recent years – including my talk at Agile 2016 and this series on my blog. In recent months I was working on a SAFe...

Invitation-Based SAFe Implementation – a SAFe Guidance Article

Invitation and Pull-based approaches for implementing agile at scale have been a reoccurring theme in my work, writing, and talks in recent years – including my talk at Agile 2016 and this series on my blog. In recent months I was working on a SAFe...

In a recent Agile Marketing Meetup in Boston we tried to figure out how mature are the Agile Marketing teams/organizations out there. Last week I helped facilitate a third quarterly Agile planning event (also known as SAFe PI Planning or Big Room Planning) for...

Are we there yet? Assessing Agile Marketing Maturity

In a recent Agile Marketing Meetup in Boston we tried to figure out how mature are the Agile Marketing teams/organizations out there. Last week I helped facilitate a third quarterly Agile planning event (also known as SAFe PI Planning or Big Room Planning) for...

There is nothing like a good long run for clear thinking and to giving rise to new ideas. This post is a result of my weekend run, and it’s about managers and why it is so hard to impact their mindset in the Agile...

The “Manager’s Card”

There is nothing like a good long run for clear thinking and to giving rise to new ideas. This post is a result of my weekend run, and it’s about managers and why it is so hard to impact their mindset in the Agile...

When we build a kanban board to manage our work (either practicing Kanban or Scrum) we usually create a Backlog list (usually the first column) and a To Do list (following the Backlog). I’ve noticed that many times the separation between the two is...

The Critical Difference Between Backlog and To Do (Kanban, Scrum)

When we build a kanban board to manage our work (either practicing Kanban or Scrum) we usually create a Backlog list (usually the first column) and a To Do list (following the Backlog). I’ve noticed that many times the separation between the two is...

The challenges of testers & developers working together in a cross-functional Agile team

  One of the significant changes while moving to Agile teams is that testers and developers are now part of the same team. This change introduces great advantages, as well as some challenges. The immediate impact is that the testers participate in the Scrum...

The challenges of testers & developers working together in a cross-functional Agile team

  One of the significant changes while moving to Agile teams is that testers and developers are now part of the same team. This change introduces great advantages, as well as some challenges. The immediate impact is that the testers participate in the Scrum...

A good way to improve how a team works together is to try to run experiments for collaboration. We’ve listed here a set of experiments you may want to try, depending on where your team is in the journey for better teamwork. Each section...

Improving Teamwork Through Experiments

A good way to improve how a team works together is to try to run experiments for collaboration. We’ve listed here a set of experiments you may want to try, depending on where your team is in the journey for better teamwork. Each section...

Product Owners forum

It is so great to have some slack time, as you can let your mind get off a bit from your own coaching activities and learn from others. It is also great as sooner or later you will connect the dots back to implement...

Product Owners forum

It is so great to have some slack time, as you can let your mind get off a bit from your own coaching activities and learn from others. It is also great as sooner or later you will connect the dots back to implement...

You can read in many places (for example here or in Don Reinersten’s Book The Principles of Product Development Flow) that when you avoid over utilization (that is, use less than 100% capacity) a system (like a road or a scrum team) that handles...

Avoiding Over Utilization Field Trip

You can read in many places (for example here or in Don Reinersten’s Book The Principles of Product Development Flow) that when you avoid over utilization (that is, use less than 100% capacity) a system (like a road or a scrum team) that handles...

Why “Cost of Delay”?

Don Reinerstern in his book “The Principles of Product Development Flow” writes about the importance of having an economic view when making decisions. This is as usually we are developing products to improve our financial standing (and even if it is not for “making...

Why “Cost of Delay”?

Don Reinerstern in his book “The Principles of Product Development Flow” writes about the importance of having an economic view when making decisions. This is as usually we are developing products to improve our financial standing (and even if it is not for “making...