The Coaching blog focuses on Agile with an emphasis on helping organizations turn Agile principals into successful Agile practices. The blog contains posts from across Rally's Coaching, Services, and Technical Account Manager teams.
2012 was a busy year on the Rally Blogs! Check out this top ten list of our most popular posts that received thousands of views – an eclectic mix of topics including engineering code snippets, strategic agile leadership advice, Rally software product tips, and insights for how to scale agile across the enterprise. Enjoy!
As I wrote recently about some Rallying adventures, I get to work on some exciting projects. A recent one is the “Agile for Business” book which is being put together in an iterative and incremental manner.
When I talk with customers about their Agile adoptions, one challenge that comes up repeatedly is “middle management”. What is their role? How does management change in a self-organizing and team-based environment? Will they participate in the Agile transformation? Or will they subvert it?
I live in Brighton, on the south coast of the UK, about 50 miles from London. This means that I regularly catch the train for meetings or engagements “in town”. When making the journey, I always look at the timetable. Trains only run every 30-60 minutes, so if I get the timing wrong, then I’m most likely left hanging around at the station. Not a great use of time, especially with the typical British weather. When I get into London and need to catch the tube somewhere, however, it’s a different story.
The UPS delivery guy came by our house the other day. Not so unusual, since he comes by our house on a regular basis. The box he dropped off, however, was oddly more exciting than a new batch of power bars, cat treats and other miscellaneous household items we usually get.
The last part of 2011 saw a wealth of Lean and Kanban conferences in Europe, which Rally Coaches Karl Scotland and Katherine Kirk took an active part in. Was this surge of events a sign of what’s to come in terms for Agile processes in 2012? Here, we summarise our understanding on where this community currently is,
I’m not a smoker but I know a little about smoking. My mother smoked her whole life. It eventually killed her. I never did understand the grip it had on my mother and those like her until I read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.
“Teenage smoking is one of the great, baffling phenomena of modern life. No one really knows how to fight it, or even, for that matter, what it is,” Gladwell says.
Over the past several months I’ve had a recurring conversation with various large, enterprise organizations transitioning from traditional approaches to more Agile methods.
The topic of this conversation has been a discomfort with User Stories, and a desire to maintain their investment in Use Cases.
These organizations come to this conversation hesitantly, but steeled for battle – convinced that I am going to try and dissuade them from their ‘un-Agile’ ways and insist that they adhere to Agile ‘best practices’.