What an Agile Leader Should Look Like

To avoid the worst of the fallout from storms (and to minimize their impact on Organizations), Teams need a guiding light. A captain. Or in Agile’s case, a Leader.  The right Leader understands their role well enough to switch seamlessly between the different hats they should wear—coach, consultant, mentor, facilitator, teacher. They also exhibit certain … Read More

How to be an Active Listener

One of the most important factors to making Agile successful within your Organization is strong communication. With proper communication, a Team can practice transparency, build trust, and discuss and overcome impediments.  One way to strengthen Team communication is through active listening, which means that the Team Member is not only listening to the other person, … Read More

Change Management Models that Help Organizations

Spearheading change within an Organization is a daunting task. Bur when done correctly, organizational change strengthens Teams, creates better products, and ultimately makes for happier customers. Following a proven method for introducing and establishing a change will increase your change management success rate. A variety of established models exist; the challenge is to find the one … Read More

The Importance of Leadership for Culture in an Organization

Leadership and culture should go hand-in-hand. Once an Organization’s ideal culture is determined, Leaders should exhibit the behaviors they want to see in their Team. As a reminder… Organizational Culture Organization culture is the combination of team BEHAVIORS (what people do) and VALUES (why they do what they do). When you think of an Agile … Read More

What an Agile Leader Should Look Like

If you’re a Leader in an Agile Organization, you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. Your Team and Stakeholders are both looking to you to deliver Products and keep customers happy, while implementing Agile, while also managing your own duties. It can get heavy, so here’s a list of what it looks like to … Read More

Different Ways to Build a Product Roadmap

Having an outdated or inaccurate Product Roadmap can derail your Release Plans, frustrate your Team and Stakeholders, and negatively affect your Product. As a reminder, a Product Roadmap should guide your Product Goals 9-12 months into the future. Here are some different ways to create a Product Roadmap: Impact Mapping Impact mapping is a lightweight, … Read More

Fixing Your Product Backlog Problems

If your Scrum Team is struggling with building your Product, it may be time to take a closer look at your Product Backlog to see what needs to be refined.  According to Scrum Guide 2020, “Product Backlog refinement is the act of breaking down and further defining Product Backlog items into smaller more precise items. … Read More