Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Mike is a Senior Agile Coach/Trainer at Agile Velocity with over 17 years of Agile transformation experience. He holds many Agile and SAFe certifications, but more importantly has practical experience in leading enterprise scaled Agile transformations (SAFe), Agile process creation for startup companies (Lean Startup), program-level coaching, team Scrum/Kanban coaching, individual mentoring, and developing/delivering Agile training. Mike’s background is in software development and leading technology teams. He is also the holder of ten patents issued by the US Patent Office, in areas such as pattern recognition, intelligence engines, and predictive systems.

Mike has been married for 35 years and has three grown children and a dog named Rocco. His hobbies include kayaking, fishing, perennial gardening, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys.


When considering scaling Agile, it is important to start small. Some of the various scaled Agile frameworks available can look incredibly complex, while others can look simplistic and incomplete at first glance. Relax. Don’t over-complicate it. Start small with these proven best practices—and then fill in the rest as your Agile journey continues!


Parallel Development is working multiple projects or features at the same time, as shown in the diagram below. It is a common situation I often see when coaching or delivering training. Parallel Development has, unfortunately, become commonplace in industry and accepted as the default standard way of organizing work as our work lives become busier and busier–just assign more and more projects to people, and hope they figure out how a way to get it all done!


I have a friend who once emphatically stated “Agile will never work at my company because we have more projects than people! Everyone here works on 5 or 6 projects at the same time. It’s important to show some progress on all efforts to keep everyone happy.” Do you have firsthand experience being in this situation? I’ll share my response to him at the end.

About Best Agile Articles Project

Best Agile Articles is a collaborative project of the Agile community to bring you the best of the best publications each year. Our goal in publishing these yearly editions is to cull through the many articles that are published each year and provide you with a curated set of high-quality articles that capture the latest knowledge and experience of the agile community in one compact volume.
Our purpose is twofold. First, we understand that it’s hard to figure out where to go when looking for ideas and answers. There are thousands of blogs, videos, books and other resources available at the click of a mouse. But that can be a lot to sort through. So, we thought we could be of some help. Second, we wanted to bring some visibility to many people who are doing outstanding work in this field and are providing helpful resources. We hope that this publication will help them connect to you, the ones they are writing for.
Our intention is that this publication is to be by the agile community as a service to the agile community and for the agile community. With that in mind, we pulled together a great group of volunteers to help get this work into your hands.

The articles in this volume were selected by:
• A diverse Volunteer Committee of sixteen people with expertise in a variety of areas related to agile.
• The agile community. A call for article nominations went out in early 2020 and several dozen 2019 articles were nominated by the community.

The articles themselves cover a wide variety of topics including organizational structure, culture, and agile leadership. There is something for almost everyone here. All editions of the Best Agile Articles publication are available on Amazon and free to download on the Best Agile Article site.
We are thankful for the great participation by the agile community at large. If you would like to participate in delivering this publication in future years, we would welcome hearing from you.

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