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In week five of the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! we tackle chapters five and six.  These two chapters, titled Call to Action and Whatever They Tell Me To Do! continue to tell the stories that form the basis for Marquet’s leadership model.  (more…)


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We continue the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! This week we tackle Chapters one and two. The two chapters, titled Pain and Business as Usual, establish the foundation which positioned Marquet to build his management style. Chapters one and two are part of Part I. The book is broken into IV parts, which provide a macro change arc to drive the story.

Part one (Chapters 1 -7), titled Starting Over, develops the reasons that Marquet became frustrated with the leader as a hero/leader-follower leadership style that is common in the Navy and in many command/control driven organizations. The title of this section is a reflection of the need to find a new way of leadership in an environment that requires assumes the leader has the most technical competence while that might not be true. (more…)

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SPaMCAST 484 features our interview with Andriy Bas of UPTech.  Andriy and his partner have created a firm that has truly embraced the ideas of agile, Teal and holacracy to create a highly productive, collaborative and safe workspace. We discussed the impact of the environment on satisfaction, quality, and productivity.  We also discussed whether or not this type of approach works for all people.

Andriy Bass an entrepreneur, programmer, reader and marathon runner. Andriy is a co-founder and Team Lead of the IT-company UPTech. The company is known for their unique culture – radical transparency, horizontal hierarchy, self-management. Andriy believes that healthy culture and teamwork is the foundation for any successful business and that the best client service starts with taking care of your team. The true creativity and human potential can also be fully unleashed only in the autonomous self-managed environment.


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Re-Read Saturday News

The Oscars are being announced March 4, 2018. At some point in the process, someone will call for the envelope and boom: the big reveal. So in the spirit of the moment, we have our next book for the Re-read Saturday. We will begin re-reading Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet in two weeks (buy your copy today). I have interviewed Mr. Marquet twice for the podcast; I have gotten a ton from his books and the interviews, so I am pumped. I also want to announce the book after that, The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (I recently bought a copy and want to share what I have gotten out of it). Now on with the main attraction! (more…)

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 479 three columns!  The first column features a recent essay on the difference between a coach and a mentor in the form of a simple checklist. Which do you need?  Check out the other three entries in this theme on the Software Process and Measurement Cast blog.

Our second column features Steve Tendon who brings his Tame The Flow: Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban  (buy a copy here) to the cast.  Chapter 20 and 21 are extremely important to understanding and applying the TameFlow approach, therefore, we are spending time with the author to get to the heart of the concepts.

Anchoring the cast is Jon Quigley returning with his column, Alpha and Omega of Product Development.  Jon and I discussed why employee engagement is more than an academic topic.

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SPaMCAST 467 features our essay on value. Value is the most talked about and least understood concept in Agile. In terms of software development, enhancements, and maintenance, the value of a piece of work is the worth of the outcome that results from doing the work.

In the second position is Jeremy Berriault and the QA Corner!  Jeremy discusses testing in difficult situations. Are there differences? Jeremy has the answers!

Gene Hughson completes the cast by bringing a discussion of a recent missive, Management, Simple and Wrong – Semantics, Systems, and Self-Correction.  This entry at  Form Follows Function even includes a reference to Snidely Whiplash!

Upcoming Appearances

Metricas 2017

I will be keynoting on Agile leadership and then delivering one my favorites, Function Points and Pokémon Go
29 November 2017
Sao Paulo, Brazil


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How to decide?

Consensus decision making requires a number of prerequisites to be effective.  The prerequisites include a common goal, trust, commitment, participation, facilitation and a decision-making process.  There are numerous documented processes for making consensus decisions, each tailored to a specific set of circumstances.

Clear Process

A clear process makes consensus decision making easier because the process ensures that all viewpoints have time to be examined.  Following a defined process tends to be most impactful when the team is new, membership is dynamic or the group is large.  In all of these cases, a process helps to control potential chaos. The following process flow is a synthesis of a number of methods for team level consensus decision-making. (more…)

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SPaMCAST 463 features our essay on using big picture stories to generate resonance.  Early in the history of Agile, most descriptions of Agile included the need to define a central metaphor to help guide the work.  Somewhere over time, the idea of a central metaphor has disappeared as Agile thought leaders have focused on more tactical facets of Agile methods and frameworks. It’s time to reconsider the big picture story!

We will also have columns from Gene Hughson of Form Follows Function fame.  Gene and I discuss his recent essay, Management, Simple and Wrong – Semantics, Systems, and Self-Correction.  This essay is about meaning and includes an appearance from Snidely Whiplash.

Anchoring the cast, Jeremy Berriault brings the QA Corner to the podcast.  Jeremy and I discussed motivating testers. Testers like any other discipline require the correct care and feeding to effectively deliver value.

Here is a promo for my upcoming ITMPI Webinar!

Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 11:00 AM (EST)

Product Owners In Agile – The Really Hard Role

In this webinar, you will learn why an Agile team’s product owner has a special obligation for leadership and value delivery.  It’s a hard role but we will discuss making it work!

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