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Answering Your Questions about Agile Coaching

Answering Your Questions about Agile Coaching

  • Angela
  • 3/30/2014 7:13:00 PM
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Thank you to everyone who attended my 3-part webinar series on agile coaching! There were lots of great questions and unfortunately I did not get a chance to answer all of them during the webinar itself. So, to follow up, I thought I would answer a few in a blog post. Hope this is helpful!Q. Is agile coaching a full-time job?A. It certainly can be! Where you are likely to see full-time onsite agile coaches is in a larger organization that is doing a full-scale move to agile practices. In those s...
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Free Event in Seattle: “The Dirty Dozen: 12 Practices That Can Kill Your Agile Implementation”

Free Event in Seattle: “The Dirty Dozen: 12 Practices That Can Kill Your Agile Implementation”

  • Angela
  • 3/20/2014 7:15:00 PM
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Are you struggling to gain the value you expected from your transition to agile practices? Did your move to agile seem to create more problems than it solved? If so, please join us for this informative session. Cohosted by Angela Druckman and cPrime, we will look at common issues that harm an agile transformation, along with some real-life examples, their root causes and how to correct them. Come enjoy cocktails and snacks, and learn from an experienced agile coach how to identify and correct th...
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Professional Agile Coaching Course to Premier in April

Professional Agile Coaching Course to Premier in April

  • Angela
  • 2/1/2014 7:17:00 PM
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The need for experienced agile coaches is growing exponentially in the marketplace. My clients constantly reach out to me asking for coaching referrals and, frankly, there are not enough good coaches to go around! Most of my clients are doing a good job getting their people trained on the basics, by sending them to my Certified ScrumMaster or Certified Scrum Product Owner trainings. But organizations that are serious about agile transformation are discovering that they need more. They need senio...
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The Agile Reality Show

The Agile Reality Show

  • Angela
  • 1/8/2014 7:19:00 PM
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Want to know how NOT to create a successful agile team? Rest assured, I have a proven formula for you. You need look no further than Dance Moms.Over the holiday season, I spent more time at home than usual. In the spirit of the holidays, I indulged in the typical American past times: I drank eggnog, I lounged on my sofa, and—something I normally don’t often do—I watched TV.It’s hard to channel-surf for more than a few minutes without coming upon the modern popular television craze – the rea...
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Blended (Agile) Families

Blended (Agile) Families

  • Angela
  • 2/21/2013 7:22:00 PM
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Being part of a company that merges with or, even more harrowing, is acquired by another company can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may have hard-won improvements in your work environment thanks to implementing agile practices and worry that the new company culture won't support them. Worse, the new company may profess to "do agile" too but what they do looks very different than anything you associated with true agility. How can this new blended corporate family learn to work together?In fa...
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Agile 2012 Report

Agile 2012 Report

  • Angela
  • 7/17/2012 7:23:00 PM
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Agile 2012 concludes this week and what a great event it was this year! As always, the conference is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. It was an especially exciting time for me because my new book 30 Days to Better Agile debuted at the conference. It was great fun talking to people about the book and the ideas within it.Over 600 people stopped by the CollabNet booth to say “hi” and to learn more about our products and services. Attendance this year was fantastic and there...
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Scrum, Rugby and Teamwork

Scrum, Rugby and Teamwork

  • Angela
  • 6/12/2012 7:25:00 PM
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With the recent popularity of the film “Invictus” and its inclusion as an Olympic sport coming in the 2016 games, many Americans are being exposed to rugby for the first time. Those of us who engage in agile software development practices know that the term “scrum” has its origins in rugby and that Scrum, the agile software development framework, is based on principles inherent to the game. For most people, that is where the understanding of the metaphor stops.But the connection between Scru...
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How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

How to Hold an Effective Backlog Grooming Session

  • Angela
  • 2/21/2012 7:27:00 PM
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When I come into organizations as an Agile Coach, one of the common areas of frustration with Scrum is the Sprint Planning Meeting. “These meetings take forever!” my clients complain. An easy way to make Sprint Planning meetings both shorter and more effective is through the regular use of Product Backlog Grooming Sessions.Sometimes called StoryTime sessions, the purpose of these meetings is to make improvements to the Product Backlog. That definition is deliberately vague because the meeting ...
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How Teams Self-Manage: Lessons from the Ball Point Game

How Teams Self-Manage: Lessons from the Ball Point Game

  • Angela
  • 12/31/2011 7:29:00 PM
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Like many Scrum trainers, I use the Ball Point Game in my Certified ScrumMaster course. We do it fairly early on, in the first hour, before we`ve gotten know each other. I use the Ball Point Game to show teams that they in fact already know how to do Scrum, meaning they know how to use the inspect-and-adapt cycle to self-organize, set goals, and meet them. But I tell them another important reason for the exercise is to teach me something about the group that has come to my class. I look at how t...
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Finding an Agile Employer

Finding an Agile Employer

  • Angela
  • 12/6/2011 7:30:00 PM
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The rocky job market of the last couple years has left many people looking for a new place of employment, either by choice or as part of staff reductions. For job seekers in the software industry, this can be an opportunity to consider joining an organization that specializes in Agile software development using one of the popular Agile frameworks such as Scrum. Agile organizations, with their commitment to Scrum values of trust and transparency, understandably have more appeal than the tradition...
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