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Three Keys for Successful Agile Coaching: Level, Empathy, and Experience

Johanna Rothman

On the ANE panel last night, an agile coach asked, “What's my path forward as an agile coach? Focus on business results, not agility per se. Nobody wants to “be agile.” ” People want the results agility offers them.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

They think that the agile tools they use, such as boards, offer a strategic advantage. However, they adopt or “install” an agile framework or process without customization. Instead, agile organizations need flexibility, not rigidity.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

They think agile approaches are tactics and agile tools are part of their strategy. That's why they want to Buy an agile approach. Not realizing a standard agile approach is an oxymoron. Teams need to experiment and change their agile approach.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

So when does it make sense to customize your agile approach to gain a strategic advantage? They want an agile approach, so they started with Scrum. We don't think we need to be “religious” about our agile approach as long as we get the benefit.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

In Part 1 and 2 of this series, I wrote about how an agile approach might offer strategic benefits. And because an agile approach changes your culture, I said the agile approach was part of your strategy. That means I use the most common of all agile tools: a board.

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Aging Fun with Drunk Agile (Video)

Johanna Rothman

Daniel Vacanti and Prateek Singh graciously invited* me to be on an episode of Drunk Agile: Episode 37 Johanna Rothman Part Deux More Bigger Aging. Ordering the work by value, even though agile approaches hope the value changes. (Re)defining

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Agile Maturity vs Ability to Change

Johanna Rothman

Several of my clients want to use some sort of maturity assessment for their agile transformations. For agile transformation, an assessment can help people see how they change—how they innovate the products and the culture. Is agility even possible?)

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A Contrarian’s Perspective on Agile Mindset, Behaviors, Culture

Johanna Rothman

We often hear that agile is a mindset. That we need to change our thinking to use agility. We need behaviors if we want an agile culture. Which behaviors do we need for an agile culture? These are my definition of the minimum, necessary behaviors that promote agility.

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Want a Successful Agile Project? Start with Why Before How

Johanna Rothman

Those outcomes can help teams decide which agile approach(es) to start with and adapt. Let's start with who wants the teams to use an agile approach. Who Wants the Teams to Use an Agile Approach? I do like to understand the business reasons for an agile approach.

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How to See Business Agility: Adaptable and Resilient Management Actions

Johanna Rothman

More of my clients say they want business agility. Yet, we don't share a common definition of business agility. Actions matter when it comes to business agility. Since managers create and refine the culture, they can create an environment that supports business agility.

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Fun Discussion with the Agile Uprising

Johanna Rothman

I had the pleasure of being on the Agile Uprising Podcast: Modern Management Made Easy with Johanna Rothman. How trust, empathy, and creating a safe environment are what allows us to use agile approaches.

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Agile Strategy Enables Significant Growth

Brimstone Consulting

Agile strategy leads to 220% increase in revenue. The post Agile Strategy Enables Significant Growth appeared first on Brimstone Consulting LLC. Case Studies leadership strategy performance leadership case study STAP agile strategy leadership team alignment high-performing team SBF

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Process Agility: An Impossibility?

Johanna Rothman

The processes don't have sufficient agility to deliver the necessary results. Yet, people who want to use agile approaches don't want to apply agile thinking to their processes. My Processes and My Agility. I need process agility because my context changed.

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Where I Think “Agile” is Headed, Part 1: Do You Need an Agile Approach?

Johanna Rothman

I spoke at Agile 2019 last week. Here are my thoughts and where I think the “agile” industry is headed. Problems I See with “Agile” Here's a summary of problems I saw last week: Too many people think “agile” will solve all their problems. “Agile” is a silver bullet and will fix everything—as long as the teams do it. Too many people think “agile” is what teams do.

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Define Agile Behaviors We Want to Reinforce in an Agile Career Ladder, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

I said that when we focus on individual achievements and deliverables, we ignore the agile system of work. Worse, when we reward individual achievements we prevent an agile culture. That's because agile teams learn together as they create the product.

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With Agile Approaches, No Need to “Meet” or “Enforce” Deadlines

Johanna Rothman

He thought agile approaches would work to “meet” and “enforce” deadlines. Even when we use a non-agile approach , schedule variance doesn't make sense. Yes, they read Create Your Successful Agile Project and Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization.).

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Why Shared Services “Teams” Don’t Work with Agility

Johanna Rothman

One of my clients wants to use shared services “teams” as they start their agile transformation. Agile approaches break the idea of a “shared service” model of people. I don't know of any way to keep “shared services” and move to agile approaches.

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Agile Transformation Secrets Series Posted

Johanna Rothman

I just finished a series for my Pragmatic Manager newsletter about Agile Transformation Secrets: Part 1: Manage for Change. I wrote this series because I find that many people get a little confused about an agile transformation. They think an agile approach will work because they can predict and commit better. They think an agile approach will help with full utilization. They want the agile approach to succeed, so they think mandating specific practices will work.

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Why the Popular & Easy Career Ladder Prevents an Agile Culture, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

As I've been speaking about the Modern Management Made Easy books, people ask these questions: We're pretty good with our agile approach. These people tell me their career ladder doesn't work to enhance agility. The career ladder needs to be—dare I say it—agile.

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Agile Doesn’t Work Without Psychological Safety

Harvard Business

Collaboration and teams Organizational culture Agile project management Digital ArticleScrums and kanbans can’t help you if you’ve got a legacy culture that punishes vulnerability.

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Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Gregory Miller

Johanna Rothman

See Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Johanna Rothman. We had a delightful discussion on Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Johanna Rothman. The post Behaviors Create an Agile Culture with Gregory Miller appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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Management Learning with the Agile Wire

Johanna Rothman

I had a terrific conversation with the two Jeffs at the Agile Wire. The post Management Learning with the Agile Wire appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD podcast agile management management management value Modern Management Made Easy value

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When is “Agile Scaling” the Answer?

Johanna Rothman

At the Influential Agile Leader workshop earlier this year, I led a session about scaling and how you might think about it. I asked if any of the teams succeeded at using an agile approach at the team level. Here are problems I've seen with scaling as an answer, agile approach or otherwise: People on the program can organize themselves under these conditions: The teams understand the domain. I explained how in Agile and Lean Program Management.).

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“Agile Coaching” Is Not the Goal

Johanna Rothman

I've met a number of agile coaches recently. Even though the client asked for agile coaching, that might not be what the client needs. Instead of assuming you need “Better Agile” or “Better Scrum,” consider these questions: What business outcomes do you want to see, in 30, 60, 90 days? Because consultants and coaches and agile approaches need to prove they offer value and find some quick wins.). Yes, agile coaches might need to do that.

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Agile Project Kickoffs

Johanna Rothman

Now that agile teams stay together, we can change the kickoff to more project-specific work. I wrote an article several years ago, Keys to Chartering an Agile Project. In Create Your Successful Agile Project , I suggested a reframe for the charter. Many new-to-agile-thinking teams want everything defined upfront. When agile teams charter their work, they are more likely to create their successful agile project.

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Future of Agile Podcast with Agile Uprising

Johanna Rothman

I had a wonderful time on the Agile Uprising podcast The Future of Agile. The post Future of Agile Podcast with Agile Uprising appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD podcast agile leanI had such a blast. Listen for the “expletive deleted” phrases. Yes, I actually said the words, “expletive deleted.” ” I said many other things that might feel contrarian to you.

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The Focus of Every Agile Coach: Support How the Business Creates Value

Johanna Rothman

How should agile coaches work? I've heard several questions and problems around what agile coaches should and should not do. Should agile coaches focus on: How well the teams use their pre-determined agile framework. As an example, how agile do the managers think?).

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Encourage Lateral and Vertical Movement in an Agile a Career Ladder, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

Worse, most career ladders assume we can assess what a person can do, not on their contributions to an agile team. That means most career ladders don't fit agile teams or an agile culture. That's where managers start and refine an agile culture.

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Making Roadmaps More Agile

Johanna Rothman

Last August, back at the Agile 2018 conference, I had a chance to record a podcast with Howard Sublett. We spoke about Making Roadmaps More Agile. I hope you enjoy Making Roadmaps More Agile. The post Making Roadmaps More Agile appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. MPD product ownership agile agile roadmap flow efficiency leanHoward is a terrific interviewer and a good friend and colleague. We had a blast.

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Hear Me Speak About an Agile Mindset Elise Stevens’ Podcast

Johanna Rothman

I had a blast talking about the agile mindset with Elise Stevens. See Podcast #179: Future-Proof Your Career – Johanna Rothman – Embracing the agile mindset. We discussed a variety of agile topics: What an agile mindset is. Why “agile” is more than sprints. The link again: Podcast #179: Future-Proof Your Career – Johanna Rothman – Embracing the agile mindset. agile MPD agile mindset culture podcast

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What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 6, Create Your Agile Approach

Johanna Rothman

I discussed the origins of the agile approaches in Part 5. In this post, I'll discuss how you can create an agile approach that fits your context. Why should you create your own agile approach? You deserve an agile approach that helps you achieve the business outcomes you need.

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Accelerating Your Agile Journey Podcast

Johanna Rothman

I had the chance to talk with Andy Kaufman on his podcast, Accelerating Your Agile Journey, PPP 2017. We spoke about many of the ideas in Create Your Successful Agile Project : Learning early (instead of failing fast). and much more… If you’re curious about how you can use an agile approach to your project, listen. The post Accelerating Your Agile Journey Podcast appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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Want Business Agility? Rethink Your Easy Career Ladders, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

You want business agility. The people and teams continue to experiment with agile behaviors. Every team's agile journey is unique. So is each manager's agile journey. If some people aren't sure, they might not be as far along in their agile journey. If you're lucky, your HR department is already thinking in ways I described in the Agile HR series. However, too few of them understand the (agile) behaviors we need to reinforce. Want Business Agility?

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More Fun on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

Jeffrey, Squirrel, and I continued our conversation on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, with Part 2. If you have not yet read their book, Agile Conversations , I suggest you do. We addressed more of the Modern Management Made Easy principles.

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What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 5, Origins of Agile Approaches

Johanna Rothman

The original signatories of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development wanted to solve these specific problems: How can we: Bring more adaptability to software development? If you read these books, you could understand project-based agility. However, many people wanted “the recipe” for agility. And, they wanted to be recognized for their agile accomplishments. Certifications Changed How We Think of Agile Approaches.

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Agile is not the same as Agility

Kates Kesler

I was recently invited to speak to a leadership team and explain the difference between Agile and Agility. The … Blog

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Geographically Distributed Agile Teams Webinar Dec 17, 2019

Johanna Rothman

I'm stoked to do a webinar with Tom Henrickson, 8 Principles for Successful Distributed Agile Teams. Register here: 8 Principles for Successful Distributed Agile Teams. agile MPD From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams geographically distributed teams

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Great Fun on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

I had a great time with Jeff and Squirrel on their podcast, Troubleshooting Agile. The post Great Fun on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, Part 1 appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant. They focus on what our conversations can tell us about ourselves.

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What Lifecycle or Agile Approach Fits Your Context? Part 4, Iterative and Incremental but Not Agile Lifecycles

Johanna Rothman

Isn't every iterative and incremental approach an agile approach? We often hear agile approaches are a mindset. An agile approach requires a change in culture at the team level, at the portfolio level, and in management. I would not call this an agile approach.

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Reflecting on Agile Thinking with Roy Osherove

Johanna Rothman

Years ago, Roy Osherove interviewed me about project management, agile thinking, hiring, and management. See Johanna Rothman Interview – Agile, a Decade Later. We focused much more on agile issues in this interview. Some links to some of my thinking on: “Scaling” agile. Agile program management, the book. The post Reflecting on Agile Thinking with Roy Osherove appeared first on Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant.

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