The Work

Posted on June 14, 2021.

There’s so much more to product development than writing code. Here is what The Work consists of and why you should make time to do it.

One of the many diagrams that explain SAFe - the Scaled Agile Framework

SAFe is Not Agile

Posted on May 10, 2021.

SAFe - the scaled agile framework - attempts to bring agility and scrum to large enterprises. In my experience, it fails and is not agile.

flow chart of the two questions listed in this article

How to get executive buy-in for Agile using two popular product development approaches

Posted on March 29, 2021.

One of the most common complaints from teams going through an agile transformation is that their bosses don’t get it. The teams are asked to change how they work but the demands coming from stakeholders and executives continue to demand fixed time and scope commitments. The vocabulary changes but the language stays the same.  In … Continue reading How to get executive buy-in for Agile using two popular product development approaches

notes on board

OKR anti-pattern: reverse engineering key results to match your backlog

Posted on February 15, 2021.

I work with teams around the world every day helping them implement objectives and key results. I’ve written about OKR here a lot over the last few years and now, as the goal-setting framework is catching on broadly, the anti-patterns have become increasingly obvious. One such anti-pattern I’ve noticed recently is teams reverse engineering their … Continue reading OKR anti-pattern: reverse engineering key results to match your backlog