Influencing the future using the hero’s journey

Our life is what our thoughts make it” – Mar­cus Aure­lius Often, when some sort of event is hap­pen­ing, that even­tu­al­ly also cap­tures everyone’s atten­tion, we don’t man­age to see or to have the whole pic­ture of it. This is main­ly because each one of us have our own per­spec­tive on what hap­pened. The top­ic…

Scrum and the scaling frameworks

Don’t do it! If you can avoid it, do not use a scal­ing frame­work!” Imag­ine how puz­zled I felt once the train­er kicked off the Scaled Pro­fes­sion­al Scrum course with this sen­tence! My enthu­si­asm dropped imme­di­ate­ly but the curios­i­ty grew even stronger: Why does he mean it like this? He got me! The 2 days-course was…

A not-so-infamous compromise

Agile is a jour­ney, not a des­ti­na­tion. You prob­a­bly already heard this quote, and hope­ful­ly you spent some moments to reflect on its truth. When start­ing from scratch — as it hap­pens in agile trans­for­ma­tion projects — the first steps of this jour­ney might not be per­fect­ly fit­ted to all agile good prac­tices. But, hey!…

This ain’t no Christmas tree

Have you ever found your­self in the role of an agile coach who has to lead an agile trans­for­ma­tion with­in a soft­ware com­pa­ny? If yes, you will know what I’m talk­ing about in this post. If not, let me reas­sure you that this is not a piece of cake. On the con­trary, it is one of the…

When was Scrum invented?

It is well-known that the ear­ly start of the agile move­ment began in the Japan­ese man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. Long before those famous group of soft­ware design­ers and devel­op­ers who devel­oped the Agile Man­i­festo got togeth­er, the Japan­ese were already com­bin­ing their lean think­ing with iter­a­tive and incre­men­tal deliv­ery approach­es to cre­ate process­es that should be rec­og­nized as…

The fabric of the Agile brain

Is there a way of build­ing the com­mon brain of an Agile team? To under­stand it bet­ter I went through an imag­i­nary trip around all Scrum cer­e­monies, from the begin­ning of a new prod­uct to its. Let’s walk it togeth­er. So there’s the start of the project. Here are the Prod­uct Own­er, the Scrum Mas­ter and…

The brain of an Agile team

I remem­ber that some time ago I was in a city, some­where in Roma­nia. It was morn­ing, I was at the hotel, being a bit late for a meet­ing. So I left half of my break­fast unfin­ished and I hur­ried through the lob­by, which was unex­pect­ed­ly emp­ty. You prob­a­bly know the feel­ing of those morn­ings…