Voices of Agile – My Name is Anu

I have lived on this planet for nearly 52 years, the first 21 in India and the past 30 here in the United States. I have experienced my share of racism.   Even in India I am considered a “Darkie” or a “Kalu” when compared to others in my family. My grandmother was among the peopleContinue reading “Voices of Agile – My Name is Anu”

Planning For Your First Potentially Shippable Increment – Part 2

Written by Anu M. Smalley and William F. Nazzaro In Planning For Your First Potentially Shippable Increment – Part 1 we recommended that organizations should properly plan for their first PSI.  For simplicity, we will refer to this planning as preparatory activities for your first PSI. What is the goal or purpose of these preparatoryContinue reading “Planning For Your First Potentially Shippable Increment – Part 2”

Planning For Your First Potentially Shippable Increment – Part 1

Written by Anu M. Smalley and William F. Nazzaro In 2013 the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) appears to be the de facto standard for those organizations seeking to go beyond team agile and truly bring distributed, scaled agile adoption to their enterprise.  While SAFe has made quite the splash and many companies are seeking to adopt it, weContinue reading “Planning For Your First Potentially Shippable Increment – Part 1”

Individuation!!! What the heck is that?

A big part of building trust in a team is to get the team to know each other.  Focus your team on individuation. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Definition of INDIVIDUATION 1:  the act or process of individuating: as a (1) :  the development of the individual from the universal (2) :  the determination ofContinue reading “Individuation!!! What the heck is that?”

Building Trust – Not just a cliché

Trust is the main ingredient in an Agile Transformation. Trust is the building block of team cohesiveness and is what allows people not only to feel but also to be empowered.  Building trust is organic and cannot be rushed, scheduled or forced. When a team is first put together they might be a reluctance to rely on and trustContinue reading “Building Trust – Not just a cliché”