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Lead and Get Out of the Way

- by Bart Gerardi

Leaders in an agile organization serve their teams, not the other way around. They are committed to developing and supporting team members. They listen, trust and get out of the way — always in the name of creating greater value. Here’s how it looks and works in the trenches.

Estimate With Purpose

- by Dave Prior

If an estimate isn’t going to change team behavior, it’s probably not worth the bother, says Agile thought leader Mike Cohn. But most of the time we do need estimates, and they need to be created in “safe” environments that accept truth-telling and uncertainty. [19 min.]

The Agile Executive

- by Bart Gerardi

Leaders in agile organizations trade command and control for flexibility and freedom. They communicate the vision for a product or change, and then allow teams to figure out how to deliver the best outcome, removing barriers to success along the way.

Scrumban Beyond Teams

- by Ajay Reddy

The principles and practices of Scrumban can go beyond helping teams improve performance. Here are four levels that Scrumban can be employed, from teams and departments to programs and portfolios. This understanding can be a starting point for its adoption across the entire organization.

No Dream Crushing

- by Dave Prior

Transformation consultant Kathryn Kuhn of Rally discusses her presentation at Agile 2015, which explored the concept of human-centered solutions using design thinking to solve Agile’s thorniest problems, from coordinating “feral” teams to communicating with unhappy customers. [27 min.]

How Much Is This Going to Cost?

- by Dave Prior

Estimates are far from perfect, but the business side is always going to want some sense of “how long, how much?” — even on Agile projects. Technical teams may have the most relevant knowledge to answer, but they don’t always have the willingness or tools. Here, Rex Madden of Stride NYC frames the issue and discusses options. [30 min.]

Big Agile, Big Challenges

- by Kelsey van Haaster

Several frameworks offer a pathway to large-scale agile, but a step-by-step approach, while appealing, can not serve as a substitute for the meaningful cultural change that must take place. Most important to success: a shared vision and clarity of purpose, transparency and patience.

The Jazz Mindset

- by Joseph Czarnecki, PMP

Adaptability and creativity are cornerstones to making beautiful music, but how do they apply to strategic execution? They help teams and organizations react to and even initiate change more quickly. Here are eight lessons to drive the jazz mindset, from the art of unlearning to balancing freedom with constraints.

Agile Classrooms + Empathy Maps

- by Dave Prior

John Miller, among others, is on a mission to reinvigorate youth education in the most challenging environments through the agile principles of empowerment and collaboration. Here he discusses how it’s going, including a visual technique called empathy mapping that makes a real difference, in and out of the classroom. [36:45]

Cultural Agility

- by Bart Gerardi

Organizations don’t become Agile without meaningful change in how teams operate, from a commitment to collaboration, learning, autonomy and trust to an unwavering focus on constant improvement. Here are three principles to guide your Agile culture transformation.

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