Stop “Agile” Initiatives

Agile Open Toronto 2014 was great! It was wonderful seeing so many friends from around the country and meeting new friends. And I received plenty of amazing hugs – which always brings me happiness.

I had the honour of co-leading two sessions with Michael Sahota (who is an amazing guy). The first one was titled: Stop “Agile” Initiatives. Both this one and the second post entitled Red Pill vs Blue Pill were great!

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Sign for the session

First we started explaining on how doing an “Agile Initiative” can be damaging. Many times at organizations, the project focus is Agile. But what is the benefit of Agile as an end goal? I am not sure that there is one. As a group, we talked about focusing on measurable results and how this can be more beneficial then doing Agile for Agile’s sake… […]

Red Pill vs Blue Pill

This is the one of two co-led sessions that I did with Michael Sahota at Agile Open Toronto 2014. Feel free to read about the first post entitled Stop “Agile” Initiatives.

The premise of this session is from the movie: The Matrix. In a critical scene Morpheus offers a choice to Neo – the choice between the blue pill or the red pill. Morpheus explains “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

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Michael and I offered this choice to a client – do you want us to do a train-and-go approach or do you want us to work on the challenges that have been identified by the staff and teams? And, to our delight, the leadership group chose the red pill. They wanted to work on the identified problems and dig deeper into what is actually going on… […]