It is said that dinosaurs went extinct about sixty-six million years ago. Truth of the matter is no one really knows why. Some scientists say climate change did them in. While others say a giant asteroid took them out. I am not here to argue the various scientific theories of the extinction of the dinosaurs.…

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As I travel around the world conducting workshops, people often ask me what ‘best practices,’ processes, tools, and frameworks will make them and their teams more Agile. My response is always the same. “Practices, processes, tools, and frameworks will not make you or your teams more Agile, nor can they guarantee a successful Agile transformation.”…

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“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” – Peter Drucker This is the first in a series of articles that I will be writing concerning the various aspects of individual and organizational culture and their impact on agile transformations. During this journey, I will be providing my own insights, as well as those obtained from the likes…

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Over the years, I have heard just about every excuse imaginable as to why someone cannot do agile. In my opinion, most of these excuses are fear based. Most people fear change. How many times have I heard, “We’ve always done it this way.” Amazingly, even when their way is not working, most people will…

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When I retired from the military at the ripe old age of thirty-eight, I had spent four years in the United States Marine Corps and sixteen years in the United States Army. As the retirement pay for a First Sergeant/E-8 with just over 20 years of service was not enough to fully support a family,…

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“The snake which cannot shed its’ skin has to die.  As well as the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”  Friedrich Nietzsche Recently, I was attending a Deep-Dive study group that was hosted by Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd of the Agile Coaching Institute.  During our discussions, I…

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