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Let's stop doing the wrong thing because we can't get past an impediment

August 31, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've been watching the Agile community since 1999.  A pattern I've seen is that when we can't get the right behavior, we just back off and redefine things. The first time I saw this was the Scrummaster.  In my mind, the Scrummaster is simply a new role we made because few knew how a project manager should act.  Quick fix - eliminate the role and make a new one.  Then we saw the creation of the product owner since we didn't know how to have a business analyst do their job when multiple people were asking for different things to happen.

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The Importance of Leadership and Management In Agile

August 24, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Leadership and management have often been given short shrift in the Agile world. Management is not mentioned even once in the Agile Manifesto. The Scrum community has routinely characterized management as uncommitted and this has influenced countless Agile initiatives. Fortunately, this is changing; the Scrum metaphor of chickens and pigs has been mostly abandoned.


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Coaching Corner: Quotes for Coaches

August 21, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I find that coaches often need inspiration themselves to inspire others.  I like quotes because they remind me of what I know deep inside of me but have perhaps forgotten in the face of a challenging situation. Here are some of my favorites:

by Winston Churchill

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up.

If you're going through hell, keep going.


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Coaching Corner: Why Weekly Plans Matter

August 17, 2015 — Posted by Al Shalloway

At Net Objectives we do a weekly status for everyone else to see. This is important because we are a distributed company. The status is simple, we answer four questions:

  • What I did last week
  • What I’m going to accomplish this week
  • What I need help with
  • A ‘how I see things are going’ commentary

I often have a concern that many of my folks consider this an unnecessary burden adding little value to them.  However, while the communication/community aspect of it is important, it is actually the first step for planning an effective week.


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Personal message from Net Objectives' new COO, Marc Danziger

July 24, 2015 — Posted by Marc Danziger

Two months ago, I was contentedly leading my life as a singleton consultant down in Los Angeles. I’d managed to get to work for some pretty cool companies – Amgen, CarsDirect.com, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscars folks), NBC, International Lease Finance Corp. (AIG), Lynda.com and Toyota.


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