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Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

I recently read a great article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) called “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail.” It walks through 8 steps (see below) that lead to transforming and then the 8 most common errors that halt change in its tracks. John Kotter, the author, provides some great...

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Ux (User Experience) 101 at Excella

The company I work for, Excella Consulting, is an amazing place to work. If you are in the DC area and want to work on some great projects with a great group of people, look them up. One of the great things about the company is that they regularly hold workshops...

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The Ideal Spotify Culture and Their Journey So Far

I love Spotify’s motto/mindset, “Think It. Build It. Ship It. Tweak It.” I know testing is part of “Build It”, but I like to add “Test It” sometimes to amplify the importance testing has to shipping quality products. But I digress. The two videos linked below are produced by Henrik...

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The Enterprise and Scrum Book Review

Overall I enjoyed “The Enterprise and Scrum” by Ken Schwaber because it had some great examples of how Scrum can work within a large enterprise. It was a little tough to follow through some of the example uses given for different business enterprises. The final chapter for me was very good. It...

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Game of 35 (for Consensus and Prioritization)

I recently attended the Scrum Coaching Retreat in Raleigh, NC and also the pre-retreat workshop facilitated by members of the Agile Coaching Institute called, “Mastering the Ultimate Tool, Yourself”. I would highly recommend both, especially any of the courses delivered by the Agile Coaching Institute. During each of these workshops we...

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Don’t Forget About the Inner Circle

I love Uncle Bob for many reasons. He added one more when I watched his speech at the recent 2014 Mile High Conference. His talk was called, “The Future of Agile if any.” What I took away is that we can’t forget about the inner circle to truly be agile....

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Scrum Shortcuts Book Review

Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners: Agile Tactics, Tools, & Tips by: Ilan Goldstein was a quick read chalked full of useful and immediately applicable tips to use with teams and organizations I work with. And while shortcuts don’t typically work out, the author states, “these are different.” They are more...

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Collection of Agile-related Resources

Below is a collection of resources that I have found very useful while on my agile journey. Please drop a comment if you have some other resources that have helped you. Books I have read (HR – Highly Recommend, R – Recommend) (HR) The Scrum Filed Guide: Practical Advice for your...

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Servant Leadership Video

I recently attended a Boy Scout leadership program called Wood Badge. If you are in scouts and volunteer or plan to, I highly recommend this course. Parts of it were transformative for me. At the course they showed a video on Servant Leadership that really moved me and I thought it...

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