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Agility At Spotify

November 16, 2014

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Diagram of Spotify's Engineering Culture

While there has recently been a lot of debate surrounding Spotify’s business model, their product development practices and culture have been getting a lot of positive buzz in the Agile community. Earlier this year, Henrik Kniberg posted two videos on Spotify’s technology blog that describes how the team works. They are inspiring and should be watched […]

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Project Management Lesson From Star Wars

November 15, 2014

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Axis Agile Stormtroopers Doing Sprint Retrospective

When asked what I do, I often tell people “I’m on the Dark Side” as a reference to an engineer’s view of management and/or project management. Little did I realize what Darth Vader’s role was in the construction of the Death Star! I have watched the classic Star Wars movies multiple times and only thought […]

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Portfolio Planning With Benefits Maps and Triggers

November 13, 2014

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Building benefit maps at #bscadc pic.twitter.com/6GVx3sDbgF — David Hussman (@davidhussman) November 12, 2014 Inspired by the presentation on coaching and leading Agility to further my product thinking, I decided to learn a lightweight way to set portfolio strategy and priorities. In his presentation, Simplify Project and Portfolio Planning With “Real Options”, Matt Barcomb explained the need for […]

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Learning Kanban Fundamentals: Kanban Racing Challenge

November 12, 2014

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Racing remote control car around an obstacle course

“The Kanban Racing Challenge is an immersive workshop where you learn the basic practices of a Kanban team by building an obstacle course for radio-controlled cars.” Really? Build an obstacle course, race a remote-controlled car and practice Kanban in a half-day workshop? Sign me up! This was the first time Nate Oster ran the Kanban Racing […]

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Reflections on Coaching and Leading Agility

November 12, 2014

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Furious George band getting project managers to dance

When you are bringing together an Agile team, are you hiring rock stars or building bands? That was one of the many points in David Hussman‘s tutorial “Coaching and Leading Agility: Tuning Agile Practices” at Agile Development Conference East 2014. Hussman blended his discussion on coaching techniques we can apply with our team at the same […]

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Introducing Ask An Agilist on projectmanagement.com

November 9, 2014

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Ask An Agilist on projectmanagement.com

  Today I launched a new blog on projectmanagement.com. As a leader of the PMI Agile Community of Practice, I had the opportunity to be a Trailblazer in PMI’s new online community and set up a blog. Ask An Agilist will be focused on answering questions about Agile development and leadership from the projectmanagement.com and […]

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