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Setting Projects on Fire

By Robert Pieper / October 17, 2016
burning ship

I’ve been pulled into many emergency war rooms to kickoff last-ditch efforts to save failing projects. It’s heartbreaking to watch. Leaders in the room try hard to believe there’s hope to remedy the crisis. They sell a “great opportunity” to those tasked to fight the enemy. The technical team looks around in disbelief…they’ll have to…

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You Can’t Buy Agile Like a Diet Pill

By Robert Pieper / August 29, 2016
detail of the legs of runners at the start of a marathon race

If you’re in the market to improve your company’s ability to delight customers or looking to reduce the time it takes to get new product enhancements to your customer, you’re probably asking about ‘agile’. If you have quality problems that constantly delay releases, you’re probably looking to be ‘agile’. If you’ve noticed that all the…

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Use Waterfall to Be Agile

By Robert Pieper / July 20, 2016
waterfall

Ever heard of Water-Scrum-Fall? Ever heard someone in a product development group tell you “they use a hybrid-agile approach”? There are a million ways people continue using a traditional, phase gated, software development lifecycle approach and marry it with an agile framework or methodology. They’ll put familiar labels on meetings to get some of the benefits.…

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The 3 Things Scrum Teams Get Wrong

By Robert Pieper / July 11, 2016
doh

If you’ve learned Scrum and tried to implement it in any large organization you’ve likely run into a few issues. Getting dedicated people on your team is hard. Building cross-functional teams is really hard. Breaking your work down into small problems your customers care to have solved is probably the hardest. I’d like to talk…

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