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Water Cooler Culture

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A while ago, I got to visit a software company experiencing post-startup phase. The moment in which the business is no longer small enough for everybody to know each other, yet it’s still too small to have the usual inclinations towards corporate…

Measuring Agile Transformation

About two weeks ago, during Q&A session following Let's Manage IT event in Łódź, I was asked a great question - how to measure progress of Agile transformation. Short answer - don't measure it, as you're missing the point. For a touch…

Why Scrum Masters Have No Idea What They Do?

When I get to stage to talk about anything related to Scrum, you can expect me to do a few things. Sometimes I prove that most Agile companies are actually working waterfall style. In other cases, I ridicule the concept of becoming proficient…

Minimum Viable Agile

For years, I have lived in a belief that complex problems require complex solutions. If we’d like to hugely improve our business with agile, we should use some complicated framework, with multitude of tools, approaches, and processes designed…

Non-Obvious Books on Agile Philosophy

In recent months, I ran dozen trainings on Agile aimed at (mostly) non-IT crew of a very large and old company. It was extremely challenging to my comfort zone, especially as it meant the whole course to be rebuilt from scratch. I had to stay…

Interview by Samir Penkar

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Some time ago, I was interviewed by Samir Penkar, who's researching the future of project management. For this particular conversation, we discussed the Scrum Master role. Check the video below to see where it got us. Make sure to visit…

Fallacy of Time-based Estimates

I know a guy incredibly fond of estimating development effort for a 'scrum' team in hours. Because, apparently, it's the best tool to increase developers performance. Ouch. On so many levels. For so many reasons. As the science of engagement…

Basics of Support for Agile Teams

There’s a long-awaited point in history of each development team. Weeks and months of their hard work, conveniently split into sprints, are finally about to conclude in the Holy Grail of boards, managers, and shareholders – the release.…

My Trip to Portugal - A Nightmare I Am Grateful For

Just two weeks ago, I was traveling to Lisbon to attend the Agile Portugal conference. While the event itself was fantastic, my path to it was an ordeal. Majority of things that could go wrong, did just that. I caught a bad cold two days prior…

Rant on Working in Agile

If you ask people at any software development conference about the methodology they work in, you’re likely to notice that majority will just say “Agile”. Interestingly, they will claim so without taking a millisecond to think about it.…

"Honey, did you get the napalm?" Or, Why the Requirements Suck

When you’re in a service industry, the usual client path starts the same, regardless of your particular branch of business. You approach them, or they reach out for you. Then, they send what they want. Then you employ your craftsmanship, providing…

How Can You Tell?

If you work anywhere near software development, I can bet your organisation is Agile. Well, unless you live under the rock, work in some government institution, or your business is driven by grants. Still, monstrosities aside, nobody wants to…