Author Archive | Mike Cottmeyer

Thinking Together for Release Planning

I’ve been noodling on the phrase “Thinking Together”. Thinking Together is one aspect of the mindset that Product Owners need to embrace. I have been using this phrase with new Product Owners to explain why many Agile practices work. But each time I start to write about this simple idea, it gets complicated because I […]

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Projects Are Not The Problem

A lot of folks in the agile community feel like projects and project managers are a big part of the problem we have delivering software. My view is that projects are not really the problem… it’s projectized organizations that are the problem. Projectized organizations form when we have people organized into functional silos and assign […]

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My Perspective on Remote Work

The proclamation by Marissa Mayer last month, informing Yahoo employees that working from home is no longer an option, really seemed to bring an important conversation front and center. The memo that started this firestorm stated in part – “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we […]

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Agile networking communities in your area

The best way to advance your agile journey is to get plugged in with others who are doing it. Here is a quick list of local and virtual communities, where you can find other practitioners like you. Note that some communities are registered in only one place, so click through all of them to be sure […]

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In organizational change, culture comes last

courtesy @opensourceway Here at LeadingAgile, we have a specific cycle for achieving organizational transformation. In short, to make real substantive change, you need to attack the following dimensions Organizational Structure:  Processes, Practices, Policies Cultural Beliefs …in exactly that order. That’s right, when you go to change an organization for the better, you need to do […]

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Prelude to a Series?

I’ve been pretty absent from the blogosphere the past year or so. I really do miss writing and often think about why I don’t write much anymore. It’s easy to blame it on being busy… but we are all busy. I think I’m beginning to understand things a bit better and can talk coherently about […]

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Your Team Is New To Scrum

If your team is new to Scrum, they don’t have the advantage of looking at their previous velocity before making commitments to the business A while ago, I published a post titled:  Simple Cheat Sheet to Sprint Planning Meeting.  Though I understand every team is different, I thought it would be helpful to those who […]

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PMI Puerto Rico Simposio Anual

Imagine barely missing the Nor’easter up in Connecticut, only to land in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico 24 hours later for the PMI Puerto Rico Simposio Anual. That was me last week. My time in Puerto Rico was short but I met some amazing people and had a great time.  I spent one day offering a seminar on […]

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How to Calculate Budgets For Agile Teams

This is an exclusive post from Jesse Fewell. You can find more posts by Jesse Fewell  on this site, or on  his own blog. A common concern I get from Agile newbies is “how do I calculate the cost of my agile project, if I don’t do all up front planning?” Actually, it turns out […]

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