New beginnings - How sprints have a positive impact on Agile teams

I've had an amazing summer, spending time with family members in 8 states (and 2 countries), and a total of 12 plane rides. My wallet might be lighter, but my memory banks are full. Travel helps me learn new lessons that sometimes change my mindset, and other times just reminds me of how much I've changed since I became an Agilist. Last week, our family gained 2 new members. Shiloh is a 7 lb 13 oz ginger-headed boy, calm and quiet, and as cute as can be. Luna is a 14 lb 9 week old Great Dane puppy, loud and demanding, and as cute as can be. Whether it's the newest addition to the family, a new vehicle, or a new shirt, there's something about the new that makes us happy. Google "New Life" a

Us and Them - why are we at odds?

I volunteered at Agile2017 this month, and the overall experience was amazing, but as an observer of people, I noticed quite a few trends that aligned with the topic that has been on my mind in the last few months. The "Google Manifesto" was leaked the weekend before and very much an informal topic on Day 2 of the conference. The mention by the Keynote Speaker on Day 3 led to several male participants walking out, but the women applauded and praised the speaker for his courageous support. It led to a divide between the male and female agilists, as each held firm to their position, and in my opinion, weakened our overall power. Thankfully, I know several awesome Agile coaches, both male a

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