Are there too many meetings in Agile?

A few months ago I was asked the following question, and wanted to share my thoughts. "Sometimes there are too many meetings and our developers find it difficult to be really focussed and do justice to development activities. Are there any inputs you could give to improve such an environment? We're thinking of something like; no meetings Fridays or limit meetings to 2 hrs a day."…

Evan's book reviews

I read a lot - not all of it related to agile or business management, but enough. Below are some of the important books that have shaped my thinking (and writing). Not all of them a great (as you can see from my ranking), but they all contain some interesting ideas. This group of reviews will focus on those books that relate to supporting business practices.…

Personal Authority vs Institutional Authority

I believe we have entered a new business era - a time of leaders rather than managers. There is a lot of information available on how to be a leader (servant leadership, agile business management, etc etc etc), but much of it is focused on being better boss. Don't get me wrong - this is fantastic - it can't come soon enough. But not all of us are bosses. How can you be a leader if you don't have anyone to lead?…

A matter of trust

There is a fundamental element that distinguishes between successful and unsuccessful agile engagements; trust. Because software development is fundamentally unpredictable, bordering on chaotic (as per the complexity theory definition), customers (whether external or internal) traditionally try to bring control through contracts and fixed scope. Agile, on the other hand, is successful because it leverages (rather than controls) this unpredictability.…

Leading Distributed Teams

A lot has been written on how geographically distributed teams should work together - but what if you're leading the teams? How should your leadership style change?…

Evan's book reviews

I read a lot - not all of it related to agile or business management, but enough. Below are some of the important books that have shaped my thinking (and writing). Not all of them a great (as you can see from my ranking), but they all contain some interesting ideas. This group of reviews will focus on those books that relate to technical practices.…