Why ​We are Forcing People to do Agile

Throughout our lives, we go through stages of development, expansion, and learning. This occurs when we are babies to childhood, from childhood to adolescence, and from adolescence to adulthood. It continues as a natural and important part of growth and advancement for us as individuals. This becomes particularly important when trying to function together in[…]

How Agile Can Accelerate Your Transformation

Every organization is looking for a powerful catalyst. Each executive wants to embrace new opportunities for growth. All teams want to build amazing products. Each team member wants to be empowered. So how do Agile methods play a key part? Agile is a Dynamic Catalyst Using an Agile framework such as Scrum can greatly advance[…]

Practical Advice for the Agile Manifesto

Many of you already have read the Manifesto for Agile Software Development (aka the Agile Manifesto). However, are you using it daily or weekly with your team or organization? Consider this… You are a grade 5 teacher of 30 children. You have just been opened to the idea that each child is noble and has[…]

Become the Ultimate Scrum Product Owner

Agile is hard. Scrum is hard. Scrum is even harder when your Product Owner is struggling, absent or functioning at a base level of effectiveness. This is one framework to view four stages of growth and advancement that a Product Owner typically moves through. They are many other ways to view this movement of the Scrum role[…]

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… […]

Learning Through Agile Coaching at PatientWay

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach an Agile team in Ottawa at PatientWay (used to be known as Infonium). PatientWay focuses on created software solutions for the healthcare industry. Jay Lawrence, CEO and Founder of PatientWay, contacted us at Berteig Consulting to help them use OpenAgile to deliver value more[…]