Agility means, to me, the ability to bend and flex with the changing environment - to react quickly to whatever the current landscape demands. Sometimes I feel very lonely when I keep saying “Agile is not about more widgets, faster”. The unspoken reply that hangs thick in the fluorescent-lit air is “well then why are … Continue reading Adaptive Planning VI – Being Solution Agnostic
In the movies, the positional leader is the clueless guy who follows all the rules, plays it by the book, but can’t get the job done. He’s the old-timer sheriff, general, or coach who can only see things one way. He is the comic foil and anti-hero to the Tom Cruise/Clint Eastwood renegade. In our … Continue reading Handling Positional Leaders
I get beat up a lot. I pride myself on my abilities so when I screw up, it hits hard. This was definitely one of those weeks. Fortunately, I also pride myself on my resilience. I know I will be able to pick myself up, change my attitude slightly, and get back after it. … Continue reading Adaptive Planning V – Staying the Course in Your Worst Moments
Thinking back to my first agile experiences, it seems like the technique of becoming more Agile - in our case, learning Scrum, was relatively straightforward. In fact what seemed more challenging was accepting the simplicity of the whole thing. Actually, for me personally, it was accepting the change. Like so many others I’ve met since, … Continue reading The Resistance
No small amount of initial confusion, and eventual disappointment, stems from misguided expectations about what Agile adoption will do, and when. As you know, I’m not a fan of “more widgets, faster” as a driving reason for Agile adoption. But its quite natural that management will be attracted to Agile for the promise of … Continue reading Mayhem – The First 6-8 Weeks
A breathtaking leader - someone who inspires us to believe and follow, and to summon our best work - is one who remains calm in the face of change. They are neither superhuman nor celebrated. They are simply a common person with uncommon resolve in the face of change. Change triggers deep fear in most … Continue reading Adaptive Planning IV – Constant Re-Prioritization
One of the secrets of the legendary badass is to not worry about things that don’t matter. It can be hard to let go of pleasing everyone, or being perfect at everything, and nailing everything on your to-do list. But the reality is, in an age driven by efficiency, the highest impact items need to … Continue reading Adaptive Planning III – The Biggest, Closest Things.