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When should you let the team fail?

“From now on, we should only communicate by email so we won’t get disturbed unnecessarily and we’ll be able to focus on the code.” We’re in a sprint retrospective. This proposal comes from one of the Scrum team’s developers. It’s quickly applauded by other developers. Even the other members of …

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Reinventing the wheel, or the place of best practices in Agile!

This morning, I received a message from an old college friend. As a Product Owner, he presently has a problem with a team distributed on two continents. Seeing in my title that I’m an Agile coach and Scrum.org trainer, he asked me what approach he should adopt in this situation. …

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Agility is not enough!

In 2010, while it was an IT manager in the insurance industry, I have been asked to significantly  improve the efficiency of my development teams. Having accepted the challenge, I familiarized myself with Agile practices. At the same time, the organization was taking a Lean turn that was strongly supported …

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The Agile startup and the venture capital—Part 1: The “pitch”

A tale of startups, VCs, their colliding intentions and a disillusioned Agile coach Part 1 of 4—The “pitch” In the past year, I’ve been working mostly from co-working spaces, coffee shops, the odd university campus here and there and, when I get really lucky (i.e., I have enough money), I …

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Purposeful Agile

In many of my conversations, I often get challenged about my use of the word “purpose”; especially when it comes to Agile initiatives. The following story is one of my favourite moments when not only was I challenged but also generously offered a new perspective that slightly, although significantly, changed …

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Change? No problem, but how?

Changing is no longer an option; it’s a prerequisite. And wham! In our fast-changing organizations, it is likely that you’ve heard this maxim at least once! If changing is no longer an option, how to change is one. But still, one has to know how! Beyond multiple more or less …

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Why change?

In a previous post, I’ve briefly covered why we should consider team coaching an investment as well as the success criteria required to make it a profitable investment for the organization. When we decide to bring change that requires coaching, it is important that the rationale for this change be …

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Allergic to change? It is possible and treatable!

You resist, he or she resists, they resist… During any Agile transition to an Agile approach, the verb ‘to resist’ is commonly being used and often conjugate in the present tense. Over time, the famous notion of “resistance to change” appeared. It is known by all managers and consultants in …

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This mysterious box labeled “Agile”

For some odd reason, I regularly ask myself why companies decide to adopt Agile practices. When I have conversations about it with various people, here are some of the popular reasons that show up: “We want our teams to be more accountable and committed to their projects.” “We want to …

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Quality aspects to remember when starting an Agile project

On the IT side as well as on the client side, no one would dare say that the quality of their software is not important. Software must first and foremost be flawless, without any defects visible to the users. But is this enough? Do we make sufficient efforts when starting …

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