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Mike Cottmeyer & the 3 Things Any Organization Needs to Transform to Agile at KAA2016

Agile is everywhere now. Regardless of the flavor (Scrum, Kanban, XP), everybody’s using Agile to greater or lesser extent. After more than a decade of being Agile, why are so few organizations actually reaping the benefits of implementing it in the first place? Mike Cottmeyer of Leading Agile offers 3 simple and obvious things that an organization of any size needs to be able to do to be truly Agile:

1. Form teams.
2. Create backlogs.
3. Produce working tested software.

Here are some tidbits from his engaging interview:

  • “A team is an encapsulated value stream… that has no dependencies on the rest of the organization, they can operate with autonomy, they can inspect and adapt…”
  • “Every failure mode in Scrum … starts with a team that is not complete and well formed.”
  • “Cargo-cult Scrum: going through the motions but not getting the benefits.”

SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Keep Austin Agile 2016.