Influencing the eternal optimism of a delivery team

Kiron Bondale

When I teach agile fundamentals classes, I frequently emphasize the importance of inspection and adaptation. Teams which don’t use feedback loops with their products and their processes should not consider themselves to be very agile. For those teams which use an iteration-based cadence for their delivery such as those who have implemented the Scrum framework there have multiple feedback loops to help them improve. Agile Project Management agile project management

The Virtuous Cycle of Trust and Influence

Leading Agile

In today’s environment, organizations are striving for business Agility, or else they risk being put out of business. In today’s blog, a continuation of the first in this two-part series, we’ll talk about building trust and influence, and initiating the trust-influence loop.


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How should I handle an agile-waterfall hybrid project?

Kiron Bondale

A question which I’m frequently asked by learners attending my agile foundations courses is “ I’m quite comfortable with what’s required for a waterfall project and what’s required for an agile project, but how do I plan and manage one where some of the scope is going to be delivered in a waterfall manner and some will be delivered using an agile approach? Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , project decision making.

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Maintain a sense of change urgency through agility

Kiron Bondale

While it is ideal if this urgency is tied to What’s In It For Me, at a minimum, we all want proof that committing our time and political influence to a particular initiative at this very moment is cheaper than the cost of doing nothing. The specific cadence varies based on the complexity and duration of a transformation. This is why regardless of the nature of a transformation we need to inject agility into its delivery.

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The Complete Guide to Scaling Agile and SAFe for Business Agility


What is Scaling in Agile? Agile is a set of values and principles. Agile is an umbrella term for a group of iterative product development frameworks. Most organizations started their Agile journey with one of the frameworks mentioned above, and Scrum is the most popular one.

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10 Reasons Why Agile Transformations Fail – And How To Fix Them


Organizations generally start their transformation by piloting Agile frameworks and methods to provide autonomy to developers and product representatives and empower them to make relevant decisions around implementation. Top 10 Reasons Why Agile Transformations Fail.

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 Executive’s Guide To Large-Scale Agile Transformation & Sustaining An Adaptive Enterprise w/ Mike Cottmeyer

Leading Agile

Mike Cottmeyer explores the key attributes in each of the three systems necessary for making a success out of the otherwise complex tax of large scale Agile Transformation. And what we are is we’re a consultancy that’s focused on doing Agile Transformation specifically.

Why Agile Transformation Fails | AgileIndy 2021

Leading Agile

This is Mike Cottmeyer's talk from AgileIndy 2021 on The Executive's Guide to Why Agile Transformation Fails. Announcer] This is Mike Cottmeyer’s talk from AgileIndy, 2021 on “Why Agile Transformation Fails.” It was always large scale agile stuff.

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Transformation, Business Architecture, and Scaling

Leading Agile

Mike Cottmeyer was recently a guest on the Agile to Agility podcast with Miljan Bajic where he discussed Transformation, Business Architecture, and Scaling. Agile to Agility Website. What do you do with planning cadences? How did you get into this agile space?

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How To Become a Successful SAFe Agile Coach?


What is SAFe agile. Scaled Agile is an agile framework for developing or delivering large products or solutions produced by multiple teams working in parallel at an enterprise level. As businesses grow, more and more teams start adopting agile. If not SAFe agile then what?

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Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

Listen to the Agile Unplugged Podcast on the go! Find and subscribe to Agile Unplugged on: Apple Podcasts. Remember to subscribe and listen to Agile Unplugged on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbean—and watch each and every episode on YouTube , IGTV , and Facebook.

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Is Your Agile Project Healthy?

Project Management Essentials

Experienced agile coaches and practitioners develop a sixth-sense. They can quickly assess the health of an agile project or team just as doctors do with their patients. In my agile training and consulting practice, I have witnessed similar symptoms when an organization is struggling with its agile adoption. Like a competent physician, an agile coach can quickly diagnose problems by listening, observing, and asking probing questions. Outsourced Agile.

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The Inevitable Collapse of Agile - David Stackleather

PM That Works

We also want to announce if you haven't had a chance to come join us at the pm tribe calm please do as for my project managers that are listening out there my agile lists that are listening out there. And so it's just a great community of people that are really driven to watch you grow in and master your influence to be able to really do the job that we were intended to do. Right agile is is such a big buzzword and It's It's, you know something I looking at you on the screen here.

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The Difference Between The Kanban Method and Scrum


Continuing our theme of helping Agile teams understand the Kanban Method, so they can effectively adopt it for their improvement efforts, I am again honored to publish a guest article by another great friend of ours – Dave White. In this article, he outlines the similarities of the two as WIP Limiting, Pull-based systems – with cadences and a focus on learning – while also explaining their differences. Value-system Influences. Cadences. Introduction.

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Building Trust via Trustworthiness

Leading Agile

I walked into the conference room to meet with the VP of enterprise Agile Transformation. It’s been three weeks since I joined a team of highly experienced Agile coaches. The VP stated the Agile teams were in ‘chaos’ since being taught the concept of Lean Agile portfolios.

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Essential SAFe 4.0 – How is it Different from SAFe 4.0?


was launched by Scaled Agile Inc. in 2016 as a method to help organizations scale up their existing agile practices. But isn’t that also the reason behind organizations adopting Scaled Agile framework in its glorious entirety? What was the need for Scaled Agile Inc. to introduce a derivative of their existing and successful Scaled Agile Framework? Image Credits: Scaled Agile. Scaled Agile Inc. Lean-Agile Mindset. Release Train and Cadence.

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From Order Taker to Opportunity Maker…IT’s Digital Transition for Driving the Business

Leading Agile

Teams delivering on a predictable cadence earn the trust of the business. Hold Teams, as well as overall organization, accountable for producing a working tested increment of product on a regular cadence. Dependencies always limit business Agility.

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A Word on Velocity

Leading Agile

Velocity, while seemingly a simple measure of team output, is quite often one of the most misconstrued metrics by organizations new to Agile ways of working – by both managers and the teams themselves.

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Cultivating the Kind of Culture Employees Crave

Leading Agile

It sets the tone for the interactions that take place between team members and it heavily influences the values of the workplace. In turn, it heavily influences how employees feel about the company.

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Creating a Risk-Adjusted Backlog

Mike Griffiths

Agile projects typically prioritize the backlog based on business value or perceived needs. Later in 2006, I wrote about  risk adjusted backlogs  and  Agile Risk Management , explaining how to insert threat avoidance and threat reduction activities in the backlog.

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SAFe Simply Explained (Part 1): Core Competencies and Principles


Agility should no longer be a new term for most project managers. High flexibility, adaptability and increased communication are just a few of the benefits that have led to significant improvements through the introduction of agile work processes in organizations. So agility in itself is nothing new for many companies. In most cases, however, previous experience is based only on the small-scale use of Scrum or other agile methods in individual departments.

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How to Build & Manage a Successful Creative Team

Brad Egeland

Ultimately, everyone is working toward the same goal: To produce top-quality content that influences company growth. Agile systems are crucial in project management, so one of the best things that you can do for your creative team is establish a clear and simple protocol for making, receiving, and processing creative requests. Set a good meeting cadence, and then improve it. Good creative production is a game-changer in the world of marketing and advertising.

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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex world (that will help you optimize your Scrum)

Gunther Verheyen

No sustainable agility is achieved. One aspect of ‘complexity’ are the parameters, variables and events that influence an activity and its course. Agile ScrumScrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Agile Project Management (#APM). Agile Software Development (#ASD). Integrating Agile and Earned Value Management (#AEVM). Agile and Earned Value Management Bibliography of papers, books, and thesis (#Biblio). Agile Project Management. Managing agile projects have many of the same principles as traditional projects and have principles much different from tradition projects. Agile and all SW development operates in the presence of uncertainty.

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The Three — Wait: Four — Elements of Empiricism

You can sign up here for the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and join 35,000-plus subscribers. ?? September 27, 2022 : Join 200-plus peers at the 45th Hands-on Agile Meetup: FAST: An Innovative Way to Scale with James Shore. TL; DR: Elements of Empiricism.

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Overview of the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition – Lesson 3 Transcription


Especially when they released the Sixth Edition, giving this agile guide. And they say, well, you know, if all else fails, you could try this agile guide as well. But do they hold the power and influence? The number, the turnover, the influence, the power and interest.

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11 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics

Stakeholder communication: It is simply not enough for an agile product development organization to create great code and ship the resulting product like a clockwork. Join the free virtual BarCamp of the 27th Hands-on Agile Meetup on October 1, 2020. Why Engineers Despise Agile.

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How to make a project schedule you’ll stick to in 9 steps (with free template)


How do Agile teams create a project schedule? Planio: Best for teams of all sizes (Agile and traditional). Stakeholders can have an excessive amount of influence on your project schedule. We write more about long-term Agile planning here!).

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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex environment

No sustainable agility is achieved. One aspect of ‘complexity’ are the parameters, variables and events that influence an activity and its course. Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges.

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58 Product Owner Theses

A Product Owner is an innovator at heart and thus a value creator for customers and organizations if given a chance to work in an agile manner. The Product Owner owns the “why” and influences the “what” and “who,” but never the “how.” TL;DR: The Scrum Product Owner in 58 Theses.

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Scrum: 20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

You can sign up here for the ‘Food for Agile Thought’ newsletter and join 35,000-plus subscribers. ?? Technical excellence is a prerequisite of any form of business agility; preserving this state is a continuous process that requires a steady and substantial investment.

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6 Project Management Trends to Expect in 2022


While we all want to see into the future of project management trends, these current industry ideas are sure to influence project management teams for months to come: Improving communication across blended teams. Embracing Agile as a means to combine strategy with output.

Improve Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) With Key Result Validation

When used as designed, OKRs can have a massive positive influence on organizations. Once about four or five key results are determined for each objective, it is the job of an OKR Champion (servant leader) to coach and guide the team in executing on a cadence towards the objectives. To get help further refining your OKR process, contact our team of experts at Agile-ity today

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20 Sprint Planning Anti-Patterns

Read More : Why Engineers Despise Agile ). Irregular Sprint lengths: The Scrum Team has variable Sprint cadences. Or it is not free from outside influence. Do Not Miss Out: Join the 6,500-plus Strong ‘Hands-on Agile’ Slack Team.

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Systems Thinking episode #4: DSRP

Like many Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Agile Managers, I am beginning to understand organizations are complex adaptive systems. Another example is how the Scrum guide separates activities from events: Events have a clear time-box, cadence, subject and participants.

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