Best Agile Articles of 2019

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As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach over the last 8 years, I have seen many stories that the sprint burn-down tells about our team’s progress. I have even named them according to their shape, so that the teams I am working with can quickly spot which pattern they are in and why. Let me share these with you. All of them are real examples from real teams.

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When we talk to leaders about what they want from Agile, most of the time, the top answer is Speed. Businesses need fast product delivery in order to satisfy customers and grow revenue.

Often the delivery team is seen as the bottleneck, and if the organization could just remove what’s blocking them, they would definitely get more value out the door… right?

Turns out there’s more to improving delivery speed than that. Read on to learn 6 organizational capabilities needed for achieving fast product delivery.

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We live in a rapidly changing world–one in which customers change their minds quickly and every business has to fight to stay relevant in their market. If someone else has a great idea before you–or worse, the ability to implement their great idea before you–it could mean the end. This is why organizations across the globe have put more emphasis on their need for innovation in business.

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How long should a Scrum Sprint be? A Scrum Sprint is a short period of time when the Scrum Team works, but there is no hard rule as to how long that should be – in this post, we cover the pros and cons of shorter and longer Sprints and how you can discover what works best for you.

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Meetings serve purpose of sharing information and/or enabling groups to make decisions. Team effectiveness can be judged based on quality of their decisions, and more importantly on cohesiveness of team membership after these decisions were made. Because in teams, decisions are not made on singular basis of expert judgement. Often a a sub-optimal decision that all team members support is more valuable than an optimal expert decision that divides a team into camps. For long term team health, it is important to decide how you are going to decide.

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Searching for an “agile mindset CEO” is frankly a nightmare. Everyone who tried it can confirm that. There are not many CEOs with enough Agile experience yet in the world and those few who has it are not likely looking for a job as they are usually quite happy in their current organization. So, no matter which executive search firm you choose, or what you write to the position description, the search firms are no real help here.

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As a coach, not everything we think of needs to be addressed. Perhaps the team didn’t discuss a story during the standup. Given the current development of the team, the day of the sprint, and the importance, consider if the omission is important enough to call out.

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Working agreements (aka Team Norms, Simple Rules ) – is a short list of behaviours or actions that a team agrees to engage in (and hold themselves accountable to) on a regular basis. One of the really cool things about Working Agreements – they are created by the team! And they get created in the language and the choice of word of the team.
One of my favourite working agreements story is from a team of interns I worked with over the summer.

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Reframing is all about changing the point of view of the situation. I can’t find any other simple, yet interesting example to explain what reframing is. Though, the famous Chinese Taoist story “The old man and his horse” is also a perfect demonstration of reframing example.

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My colleague Minke’s recent article ‘Getting started as an employee experience chief’ triggered some questions about why we at Organize Agile abandoned Holacracy. It’s not an easy question to answer and while I have my own thoughts on the subject I also asked my coworkers to offer their opinions. This article will offer some insights from our journey, what Holacracy did (and didn’t do) for us, and some recommendations should you want to start your own Holacracy experiment.

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