Author Archive | Mike Cottmeyer

Comment on Acceptance Criteria by Tim Zack

Did We Build the Right Product? And, Did We Build the Product Right? Acceptance criteria are an 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 […]

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Comment on Unless these three things exist, your organization will always struggle to adopt agile. by Conrad

June 16, 2017WRITTEN BY Tim Zack [embedded content] Backlogs, Teams, and Working Tested Software are the fundamental preconditions that must exist for an organization to be able to do agile well. In agile these three things have very specific meanings. Compromising on the quality of the backlog, the completeness of the team or the definition […]

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Comment on Acceptance Criteria by Andy

Did We Build the Right Product? And, Did We Build the Product Right? Acceptance criteria are an 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 […]

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Comment on Unless these three things exist, your organization will always struggle to adopt agile. by Evan

June 16, 2017WRITTEN BY Tim Zack [embedded content] Backlogs, Teams, and Working Tested Software are the fundamental preconditions that must exist for an organization to be able to do agile well. In agile these three things have very specific meanings. Compromising on the quality of the backlog, the completeness of the team or the definition […]

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Comment on Zombie Scrum by Jonathan Orgel

A year ago, your organization adopted the Scrum framework. Scrum helped you break down functional silos, improve communication with stakeholders, increase collaboration on your team and across teams, and facilitate cross-disciplinary skill development among staff members. It was exciting at first. Everyone was engaged and everyone was enthusiastic. Stable teams were established, and work was […]

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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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