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Is it a Group or a Team?

This question often occurs to me when I’m on training or coaching assignments. The provocation is usually a statement similar to the following: “We have a Development Team of 250 highly skilled engineers….” Read More

The 1 Thing About The Scrum 3.0 Conference Your Team Wants To Know.

Our first Scrum 3.0 Conference in Chicago last week was the stuff Scrum Practitioners and Agilistas get excited about. It was a full day of experiential learning geared for the complex challenges of an Agile workforce. And the energy and feedback around Scrum 3.0, the most Agile version of Scrum that exists, was clear throughout the day’s events. Read More

The “Sashimi Method” For Building Software

So… we know that we’re supposed to be developing software incrementally, using an Agile process like Scrum. We know we should be building our software a little bit at a time — coding, testing, and reviewing as we go, right? What does this actually mean? What do the increments look like? How big are they? How small are they? How do we find them? Read More

The Agile Team as Organism: Part II Why Highly Specialized Teams Must Evolve

Last week in the blog, The Agile Team as Organism: Part I, I wrote about Scrum Teams operating as organisms within an ecosystem. Some Teams find their environmental niche very cozy, so much so that they specialize to a degree that can make them vulnerable to changes in the broader ecosystem. As we all know software companies and software operations within other types of companies both operate in notoriously changeable business and technological environments... Read More

The Agile Team as Organism: Part 1

In his brilliant book Agile Software Development (2002)[1], Alistair Cockburn describes Agile Teams as ecosystems. He talks about how Teams create their own internal ecosystem, with certain Team members frequently having a disproportionate influence on how the Team develops and, more importantly, how the Team learns to work in its broader environment. Recently the thought struck me that Agile Teams are actually much more like an organism living in a broader ecosystem, rather than the ecosystem itself... Read More