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SAFE Agile Contracts

This week’s Auspicious Agile video blog takes a look at the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) approach to Agile contracts.  This blog is a continuation of the series on Agile contracts. The first blog post in this series can be found

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Posted in Agile, Agile Adoption, agile business, agile enterprise, Agile Framework, Agile Manager, Agile Project Manager, Agile Scaling, Budget, contracts, Finance, SAFe, Scrum, Software Development

The Best Agile Manager I Ever Worked For

As we continue to explore Agile leadership, today I want to talk about the best Agile Manager that I ever worked for. It was several years ago, and I was working as part of a group that did custom software

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Posted in Agile, Agile Adoption, Agile Manager, agile methodology, Agile Teams, Opinion, Scrum, Servant Leadership, Uncategorized

Are there really no managers in Scrum?

Teaching classes over the past few weeks the question of what role managers have in Scrum has come up several times.  In answering these questions I mentioned that Scrum describes three primary roles – ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and Team.  However,

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To Lead is Agile

Attending the Scrum Alliance Regional Scrum Gathering in Shanghai (www.scrumgathering.cn) this week the opening Key Note by Harvey Wheaton from Scrum Alliance addressed the role of leaders in Agile. Historically there has been the perception that managers and leaders do

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The Director that loved to shuffle his Agile Team

At a multi-national entertainment company that had adopted Agile at a large scale ($1 billion USD program, with ~500 developers plus shared services teams) I worked with the Director of a group that was adopting Agile.  The Director was a

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Posted in Agile, Agile Manager, Business Agility, Leadership, Scrum

The Worst Agile Boss I Ever Worked For

So as we continue to look at Agile Leadership and what makes a great Agile leader, I would like to talk about the worst Agile boss I ever worked for.  Several years ago I worked for a company in a

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