Reflections on Agile 2011

For me, the first 2 days of Agile 2011 were a whirlwind. On Monday I co-chaired a milestone event—the Agile Executive Forum—in which 60 senior executives demonstrated that agility isn’t confined to delivery teams. From the opening keynote about innovation, agility, and social business networks to a discussion of a multi-year 400 person firmware project […]

    Leadership and Decision Making

    A good leader has to be a visionary, a teacher, a motivator, a facilitator, and other things, but she must also be a decision maker. The same is true of lead engineers for technical issues. So the question becomes, at what point does a leader’s decision making damage self-organization? First, when the team loses respect […]

      Interesting Links (July 19, 2011)

      A bevy of interesting posts in the last couple of weeks. Sam Newman from ThoughtWorks, a short video on Continuous Delivery. Jed Singer of the Dachis Group on Google+ and the Enterprise. Jeff Kiker, The Lean EDGE blog, on the “myth that lean will not work here.” Art Petty, Management Excellence blog, “Dispatches from Mayo […]

        Shortening the Tail

        In Agile Project Management, I wrote a short section on a performance metric called “shortening the tail.” I liked using the metric, tail length, because it is easy to calculate and tells a lot about an organization’s Agile implementation. It’s not a vanity metric, like the number of developers who have attended a refactoring seminar, […]

          Don’t Plan, Speculate

          One thing people are learning is that you can’t plan uncertainty away. Plans are good for things we know, or things that we may have some control over. However uncertainty—and its close cousin’s ambiguity and velocity—defy planning. When I originally introduced my Adaptive Life Cycle in Adaptive Software Development, the three high-level phases were Speculate, […]