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The Essence of a Successful Agile Transformation

Focusing on just tools and processes during an Agile Transformation is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. You are ignoring significant structural and cultural issues at your peril, and are only guaranteeing a cold, dark fate. All leaders at all levels of the organization must transform into true, humble servant leaders. No exceptions. If you can manage this, you will accomplish in a week what it takes your competition a quarter. You will absolutely. eat. their. lunch.

Chickens and Pigs

Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about Chickens and Pigs.

The term “Chickens and Pigs” was removed from the official Scrum Guide in 2011, but you might hear it used even today. In this brief video, you’ll learn the story behind the term, as well as its history, meaning, and pros and cons.

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I.N.V.E.S.T.

Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about the I.N.V.E.S.T. mnemonic.

I.N.V.E.S.T. is a great starting point for your team’s Definition of Ready. In this brief video, you’ll learn what the mnemonic means and gain insight into a frequently required but often overlooked addition.

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The Agile Manifesto

Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about the Agile Manifesto.

The Agile Manifesto describes the fundamental values upon which every Agile framework rests. In this brief video, you’ll learn what the full Agile Manifesto is, along with a little history of how it was created.

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Safety is a mandatory prerequisite for the success of any Agile transformation.

Leaders cannot create safety for teams if they do not feel safe themselves. This is influenced not by the leaders they report to (including the board), but also whether or not they have overcome their own insecurities.

Definition of Done

Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about the Definition of Done.

The Definition of Done is a documented team agreement. It defines the conditions that must be met for a potentially shippable product to be considered “done as in done.” It’s how we know that we “did the thing right”, meaning that we built in the correct level of quality into the product. These are different from the acceptance criteria which help us know that we did the “right thing.”

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Working Agreements

Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about Working Agreements.

Does your team show up late to meetings? Does Sprint Planning take forever because half the team isn’t paying attention to anything but social media? Find out how to identify and limit these and other big risks with a Working Agreement.

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Definition of Ready

Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about the Definition of Ready.

Have you ever started work on a user story that wasn’t ready to work on yet? Create a Definition of Ready to establish reasonable guidelines as to what conditions need to be met before you pull a user story into a sprint or begin work on it. Creating and following a Definition of Ready could double the speed of your team.

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Tradeoff Matrix

Here’s a video I shot for freeCodeCamp about the Tradeoff Matrix.

When we work on projects with fixed dates, scopes, and resources, we run the risk of burning out our teams and compromising quality. Use the tradeoff matrix to agree with your stakeholders as to what you’ll do when things—almost inevitably—don’t go exactly as planned.

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Building the Right Product

I shot an interview with Adolfo Foronda about building the right product as a product owner. Check it out! Click “Continue reading” below for my speaking notes, which are an approximate transcript.

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