Archives for November 2010

Do Less

Many managers use the mantra, “Do more with less.” At the Agile 2010 conference, Pat Reed from the GAP, who co-presented with me, shortened this mantra to “Do Less.” The theme of our presentation was Value Optimization, determining the highest valued chunks of functionality to implement next—whether those chunks were projects in a portfolio or […]

Beyond Scope, Schedule, and Cost: The Agile Triangle

I mentioned the Agile Triangle in a prior post on technical debt, but it requires more than a passing mention. Many agile teams are faced with the paradox of being asked by management or customers to be “adaptive, flexible, or agile,” while at the same time being asked to “conform to plan,” where the “plan” […]

“And” Leadership

What is an agile leader or manager? There are countless answers to this question revolving around the characteristics or behaviors of agile leaders—for example, collaborative, light touch, servant, and failure tolerant. One of the traits I think is very important is that of “And” rather than “Or” leadership. The most pressing issues to face leaders […]