TEDxRVA with Lyssa Adkins

Thursday night we had the pleasure of joining Lyssa Atkins to Richmond’s TEDxRVA open mic night. The venue was downtown Richmond’s Hippodrome theater. The HIPP is restored historic venue located in Jackson Ward honored the likes of Billy Holiday and Louis Armstrong. In her two minute talk, Lyssa enlightened the audience about our VUCA world…

Agilepalooza NYC 2012

Agilepalooza NYC 2012 (by VersionOne) was held at the Marriott downtown this year. The turn out was a modest group of maybe 60-80 attendees. I say modest because we’re used to the larger events. Here’s what we gathered this year. Done Done Done -David Bulkin adds another level of done Keynote by David Bulkin –…

Agile 2012 Retrospective

This year’s major Agile conference was held at the Gaylord Texan spa and resort in Dallas Texas. The venue was a large resort completely enclosed in a beautiful atrium dome. The internal motif of classic Texas  Alamo style architecture adorned the various restaurant/bars and gift shops. Hats off to the Agile Alliance for choosing to…

Agile Self-Assessments

We often use a “life wheel” in personal coaching to help clients form a visual self-assessment of key facets in their life.  By scoring areas in their life such as Finance, Friends, Family, Career, Health and Well-being and Personal Growth on a scale from 1-10 (1 representing unfulfilled and 10 fulfilled) and plotting the results…

Interesting Agile Statistics

AGILE DEVELOPMENT INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY BY 25-40% “Done right, Agile results in higher productivity, fewer defects, and less waste (25-40% improvement)- according to SLIM industry data from QSM Associates. But metrics also show what happens when it’s NOT done right – and that’s good, because that’s where continuous improvement lies.” — Michael Mah, Managing Partner (& Agile Metrics…

Bloating the Timebox

Time boxes are another fundamental aspect of Agile Scrum. They help mark the beginning and end of daily scrums, sprints and releases. They are meant to be constants, making it possible to measure velocity – a product of efficiency over time. Some teams unknowingly alter the time box at the entry (Ready- planning and start…