The Agile Couch

Welcome to the Agile Couch. A place to relax and think Agile Coaching thoughts.

A Trivial Pursuit(?)

Understanding Mob Programming as a trivia team. Going to the lake with friends for the weekend, we often play a game Friday or Saturday night. Poetry for Neanderthals, Secret Hitler, Codenames (my personal favorite). We had an original edition Trivial Pursuit, which was hilarious due to how outdated the questions were (1981). Trivial Pursuit can…

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Code Connector / Code Co-op: 5/24/22 Lightning Talks

“Forgetting the Factory & Making Change in Tightly Coupled Systems” Well, having barely finished my presentation, I went way over the 10 minute time. Fortunately for me, one presenter dropped out, and Lawrence was a gracious host. More of a rolling thunder talk, maybe. The YouTube video of the whole session, with all speakers here.…

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Nick Saban, Scrum Master: On Winners and Winning

My friend JC Smiley from Code Connector may be the most voraciously curious person I know. Every day he wakes up early and posts at least one question in the Code Connector Slack channel. Something to get people thinking, to seek out experienced opinions, and share common ideas among new learners. His two questions today:…

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The Real Costs of Sub-Optimal Product Backlog Ordering

A quick post while I’m thinking about real costs (see the previous post, real costs of context-switching). The role of the Product Owner is to “maximize the value of the team”. Paradoxically, she does not do that by altering the team itself. The flip side of the coin is that the team of creators do…

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