Diana and Jim in Europe

Jim Shore posted on his blog about two courses, The Art of Agile Planning and The Art of Agile Development, that he and I will take to Europe this spring. He's put in photos and and comments from evaluations when we held the class last October. Participants said nice things, like "The facilitators were excellent! I really enjoyed the 'jump in and swim' approach to applying what we learned as we went."

Since Jim did such a great job, I'm not going to try to duplicate it. I'll just send you here to read about it.


Managing Agile

In this video from the ÖreDev conference, I present some ideas about the changing role of managers in organizations that have adopted Agile methods.

Agile Leadership

Dealing with the Unexpected

An Agile coach contacted me to discuss an issue on his team. One of the critical contractors on his team had left the project for another assignment, unexpectedly, on two week’s notice, just before an important release. Oh my! The coach described his initial shock and dismay. He wanted ideas for how to handle the unexpected loss of a team member with his team. Together we developed a list of five actions that would help deal with this impediment.

1. The Agile coach could contact the contracting agency to give them feedback on the impact on the project of...


Working Agreements

Does your team have Working Agreements? (WA’s)

Effective teams think about how they will accomplish their work together before they begin working. They describe the levels of performance and professionalism they want to achieve, then record them in Working Agreements.

WA’s cover such areas as:

What does “done” mean for us?

What will meetings look like for us? (e.g., type, number, frequency, duration, attendance expectations, decision-making, etc.)

What Agile engineering and project management practices and methods will we incorporate?

What interactions, teamwork and collaboration will best support our work? (e.g., communication flows, conflict, feedback, continuous learning, social time, fun!)

Effective teams regularly take stock...