March 25, 2017

What is the agile mindset?

The agile mindset seems to be a mythical abstract quality that is hard to define and often glossed over in agile discussions. It is the outermost ring in the popular metaphor agile onion. The model tells us the mindset is the most powerful of the layers that make up agile. It is where ‘being agile’…

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January 11, 2017

An Agile Tale – Fishing for Pearls

An Agile Tale – Fishing for Pearls Tip-Toeing down the stairs, Robbie sneaks into the kitchen. He heard his father, an Oyster Farmer, return from work an hour ago, so Robbie knew there would be a fresh load of oysters in the ice box. In the kitchen, Robbie climbs on a chair so he can…

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December 2, 2015

Overcoming the Tyranny of the Waterfall

During a retrospective with a client, we did an exercise called “5-whys” to try and uncover the underlying reason behind the lack of focus on production. One enlightened developer provided a valuable piece of insight when he noted that we *may* still be in a “waterfall mindset,” hence the lack of urgency. This is natural…

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