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What are you Feeding your Corporate Body?

In today’s corporate world, we have one simple problem. Companies refuse to provide enough blood to support the life needed to keep that soul alive. Imagine a company like a body. The company provides the blood and life support, the nutrients for the body. The people are synapsis, the cells,…

Failure is necessary to achieving success. Embrace it!

The Art of Failing Responsibly – 5 Steps

What does it mean to fail responsibly? And, why would we want to? I was recently made aware of an innovative and inspiring management style from a CEO of a small tech company. Every 2 weeks, the organizational leader would touch base with his teams to commend them on their…

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Embrace Failure

One of the greatest challenges Agile Teams we all face is learning to acknowledge and embrace failure. Typical organizations have become quite skilled at refining Status Reports and showcasing statistics that highlight areas of strength; or at least the perceived areas of strength, while underplaying, or flat-out ignoring, areas of…

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Top 10 Simple Indicators of Technical Debt

You Might Have Technical Debt If… A fellow Agile Coach and consultant recently asked for some non-technical key indicators of technical debt. From my not-so-geeky-girl experience, I have learned some ways to sniff out technical debt, without having to know the code or environment. Before we go over my top…

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Bored with your Kanban Board?

Inspire Your Team with A Physical Kanban Board They Will be Excited to Use I’m a huge fan of physical Kanban boards; for professional and personal organization. Whether I’m working with a team, or tackling a home project, I find that a simple Kanban board is a great way to…

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Embarking on your Agile journey – What is Agile?

What is Agile? Becoming an Agile Annie/Agile Andy I recently was contacted by a friend from college who has found herself swimming in a job market that requires experience with “Agility.” Annie reached out to me via social media asking for help understanding what agility is and how to grow…

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Your Agile Lifestyle: Vision, Product & Customers

Agile is a mindset requiring us to embrace opportunities to reflect, adapt and grow. An Agile lifestyle is one that promotes change… </sarcasm>something we all love</sarcasm>. I’ve always loved the quote, “Change is great; as long as it doesn’t involve me.” And this is often how we feel. Change is difficult;…

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Trust, Transparency and the V-Word

As an Agile Coach, I often lead teams through discussions during intense Retrospectives or heated Planning Ceremonies. One of these discussions occurred last year when a team was struggling with accountability. The team was unsure about how to call out each other, and themselves, when they were “stuck” and losing…

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