April 27, 2019

Software is less predictable because of what software is, not because the engineers are bad.

August 18, 2018

The CTO stood up in front of the entire team and announced the transition to Agile, “Agile is a journey that we will enter together.  It will help us be a better team.”  The engineers were enthusiastic about the change and looked forward to learning what was expected....

February 3, 2018

Leadership can still drive product direction when you are agile.

March 29, 2014

Bill turned to me, the Agile Coach he was looking to hire to “fix engineering”, and said “I am tired of the laziness and non-delivery of the engineers.  If they want to be Agile, that is fine with me, but I do not want this stuff bothering the rest of the company.  I j...

March 29, 2014

Mike had worked for me a long time but his products were missing the mark.  Mike was smart, wanted to deliver the best products, willing to admit he was wrong, and willing to defend his position with solid arguments.  As the head of Product Management he and I spent ho...

October 24, 2013

The CEO brought me in to diagnose the problems the company was having in deploying Scrum.  I gave him 7 job functions I wanted to interview and he set up a 45 minute meeting with each of them.  The list included top engineering management as well as people in the trenc...

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