Author Archive | Mike Cottmeyer

Comment on Acceptance Criteria by Vijayanand

Did We Build the Right Product? And, Did We Build the Product Right? Acceptance criteria are important.  Unfortunately, we often overlook or undervalue it as an aspect of the iterative planning process. It is super important because projects succeed or fail based on the ability of the team to meet their customers documented and perceived acceptance […]

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Comment on Operationalizing Strategy with a Systems Perspective by Peter Roth

While there are many books and much research on organizational development, this system view combined with some validated learning over time is a powerful way to look at organizational challenges as a coach/consultant. Let’s take a closer look to define these areas then apply some validated learning from my own experience. Business Outcomes – the outcomes […]

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Comment on Software Craftsmanship in Context by Ivan Smith

There’s been some debate about a term that has become popular in the past couple of years: software craftsmanship. The basic idea is that as software professionals we ought to pay attention to the quality of our work. After all, where would we be otherwise? That may sound like a harmless enough concept, but you might […]

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Comment on Agile Transformations Explained with Mike Cottmeyer by Alex

September 8, 2017WRITTEN BY Dave Prior LeadingAgile CEO and Founder, Mike Cottmeyer led two sessions at Agile 2017: “Agile Transformations Explained” and “Faster Food and a Better Place to Sleep: Applying Agile Outside of Software“. In this interview Mike and Dave discuss how an organization can get better at setting appropriate constraints, making iterative and […]

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Comment on Measuring Improvement by Greg Hutchings

Clients engage companies like ours because they are interested in improving their performance. “Performance” for a corporate IT department means effectiveness in delivering application software functionality to support business objectives, maintaining and operating the technical infrastructure, and handling any issues that arise in production. Most of the organizations we talk to have no idea how […]

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With limited resources, it’s about flow – not competition

Organizations strive to be lean with their development resources, but when stakeholders are competing for those development resources it can be detrimental to the organization. The key is to manage the flow of work. How do you prioritize projects so that the organization is focused on delivering value vs. competing for resources? You do it […]

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How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise

  First of all… this is a really, really, really big topic. If we are lucky, we’ll get a start and maybe lay a foundation for future conversations. My goal in the next 1000 words or so is to at least introduce the foundational concepts, and frankly… help me see where I want to go […]

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Is Your Business Model A Good Fit For Agile?

After I’ve asked a room full of executives what problems they are trying to solve, the next thing I’ll often do is try to help them understand… and me understand… their operating model. I want to know if they are in a business where it is okay to make it up the product as you […]

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Limiting Holiday WIP with Personal Kanban

I’m asked on a regular basis how Agile or Lean practices can be applied during the holidays.  Let’s face it, we have a limited amount of time and todo lists as long as our arms.  Truth be told, people have limited success using the ever-growing todo list.  You either forget your list at home, you […]

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