I thought that having so many middle managers would cause problems, but in fact it turns out to be good for everyone. Oversight of opening and closing shifts are distributed evenly, and tasks and assignments are rotated throughout the week, which means no one is stuck taking in the frozen truck at 4 a.m. every… Read More Linked Article: What Trader Joe’s Figured Out About Work Culture That My Other Past Employers Haven’t
Golden Rule: We try to practice the Golden Rule (“Do unto others…” and that sort of thing) by exercising reliability, trust and giving back to each other and our community. Success for All: We believe that success for our stakeholders—whether our teammates, clients or shareholders—comes with a sincere focus on continuous learning, selfless teaching and… Read More What is the strangest Job Description you have encountered?
I received this as an interview question and I thought it was intriguing. It was worded slightly differently and I felt that I had a hard time answering it without explaining my choices to my audience. I would not have put them in an Agile questionnaire emailed to prospective applicants. IMO the top 3 non-negotiable characteristics… Read More What are The Top 3 Non-Negotiable Characteristics of an Agile Environment?
Disclaimer: I am personally going through various interviews this right now and feel for both sides of the fence. Both as an interviewer and an interviewee, we tend to have opinions about each others’ attires and our attitudes and then proceed to judge each other based on their attire and attitude. In the end,… Read More Appropriate Video Call Attire for Agile Job Interviews
Agile is not the silver bullet and it certainly should not be a buzz word to fit into your business description or a line on some managers’ performance report to check off. Agile is no longer the cutting edge. It is a minimum requirement for development teams. Convert your traditional Waterfall Software Development teams to… Read More 3 Simple Steps to Agile Success
ScrumButs are reasons why teams can’t take full advantage of Scrum to solve their problems and realize the full benefits of product development using Scrum. Source: What is ScrumBut? | Scrum.org As somewhat of an antithesis to my previous post on reality and Agile, I present the idea of ScrumBut. For new teams, the ceremonies… Read More What is ScrumBut? | Scrum.org
I have been asked this question often in my interviews of late, and my answer has always been honest and forthcoming. I am an Agile Realist. Too many times it was not quite the answer my interviewers were looking for which I feel is unfortunate for me and for the organizations that they serve. Also… Read More Are you an Agilist or an Agile Realist?
An article that I have often come back to and referred to a lot of my clients. This article also has a really thought provoking “The Right Conditions for Agile” table that I have found useful when explaining my choice of methodologies to executives. Don’t change structures right away; change roles instead. Many executives assume… Read More Embracing Agile Article from HBR.ORG
I am a big proponent of checking in with the real world when it comes to Agile. I was pleasantly surprised to find this course on Pluralsight that lists whoppers like “Meeting hard deadlines while staying Agile” and “Help! my Product owner is MIA!” as titles. This course has 4.5 stars out of 415 reviews.… Read More Agile in the Real World | Pluralsight