Being part of a company that merges with or, even more harrowing, is acquired by another company can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may have hard-won improvements in your work environment thanks to implementing agile practices and worry that the new company culture won't support them. Worse, the new company may profess to "do agile" too but what they do looks very different than anything you associated with true agility. How can this new blended corporate family learn to work together?
Agile 2012 concludes this week and what a great event it was this year! As always, the conference is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. It was an especially exciting time for me because my new book 30 Days to Better Agile debuted at the conference. It was great fun talking to people about the book and the ideas within it.
With the recent popularity of the film “Invictus” and its inclusion as an Olympic sport coming in the 2016 games, many Americans are being exposed to rugby for the first time.
Like many Scrum trainers, I use the Ball Point Game in my Certified ScrumMaster course. We do it fairly early on, in the first hour, before we`ve gotten know each other. I use the Ball Point Game to show teams that they in fact already know how to do Scrum, meaning they know how to use the inspect-and-adapt cycle to self-organize, set goals, and meet them. But I tell them another important reason for the exercise is to teach me something about the group that has come to my class.
When I come into organizations as an Agile Coach, one of the common areas of frustration with Scrum is the Sprint Planning Meeting. “These meetings take forever!” my clients complain. An easy way to make Sprint Planning meetings both shorter and more effective is through the regular use of Product Backlog Grooming Sessions.
The rocky job market of the last couple years has left many people looking for a new place of employment, either by choice or as part of staff reductions. For job seekers in the software industry, this can be an opportunity to consider joining an organization that specializes in Agile software development using one of the popular Agile frameworks such as Scrum. Agile organizations, with their commitment to Scrum values of trust and transparency, understandably have more appeal than the traditional command-and-control, hierarchical company structure.