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5 Other Agile Manifestos You May Have Missed

5 Other Agile Manifestos You May Have Missed

Many of you have heard the Agile movement was formalized by the creation and promotion of the Agile Manifesto, back in 2001.  However, the inevitable result of any successful movement is “embrace and extend”. A number of variants of the manifesto have popped up over the years to make a particular point. In spirit of … Continue reading »

Self-Organization Isn’t The Point

Self-Organization Isn’t The Point

Fast Company’s article this week about Zappos.com has brought the debate over Self-Organization back into focus. But I’m thinking that the debate is sort of missing the whole point about what we’re trying to do with our workforce. Specifically, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh’ s decision to remove all manager roles has elicited a very skeptical … Continue reading »

Bad Requirements? Actually, that’s your fault

Bad Requirements? Actually, that’s your fault

I’m growing weary of project managers whining about bad requirements. The truth is, no one can possibly be surprised. From research studies to high-profile disasters, we hear over and over that incorrect requirements and poor scope management are key reasons projects fail. If we know this is a recurring problem in project work, why do … Continue reading »

Washington Techies Hold Retrospective on Healthcare.gov

Washington Techies Hold Retrospective on Healthcare.gov

Last night, I attended the Washington DC Scrum User Group’s monthly meeting, where a group of 25 technology professionals talked about the Healthcare.gov crisis. There’s been a lot of debate in traditional media as to why the website project incurred so many issues. The group discovered four common themes… No One in Charge: The congressional … Continue reading »

My “Big Agile” Interview on PMPodcast

My “Big Agile” Interview on PMPodcast

Hey everyone. Last week at the PMI Global Congress, Cornelius Fichtner interviewed me on the topic of Big Agile projects. The conversation was a lot of fun, and there are some good nuggets that came out of it. Here’s the full abstract and link to the interview: Title: Episode 248: Big Agile: It’s Not Just for … Continue reading »