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What Patterns Count – Where Are 10x or 10% Gains Coming From?

What patterns count is a great question and the answer entirely depends on the context. Visual patterns provide safety in nature; consider the zebra on the African plains or the chameleon that [...]

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Agile Transformation: Product Backlog Of An Agile Practitioner

Agile is hard, no secret about it, especially for organizations that goes through transformation journey of traditional to agile. Not every transformation is successful. Many transformation [...]

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How to Avoid Estimate Inflation

Mike Cohn recently wrote about preventing estimate inflation in Agile teams. I’m in agreement with Mike that estimate inflation commonly comes from a team being pressured to deliver more points [...]

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‘Agile Is A Mindset Change’ what does that mean to me?

During one of my recent conversations with few teams who were going through agile transition, I asked them what they understood by ‘agile is about mindset change’ which is a highly spoken tag [...]

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Accelerate Or Drag Your Organization?

The old saying, “You are what you eat,” or is it, “You are what you measure?” Life is just too confusing sometimes! The point is every organization needs to have an understanding where they are. [...]

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Focus On What Is Important

The agile stuff we typically think of is; sprints, standups and user stories to name a few. Those things are the mechanics of how product teams organize their efforts; they are not agile. Agile [...]

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1440 Minutes dedicated to Innovation by Appian COE

  Strengthen ties with partners. Show value to your customers. Energize and engage your employees. These are all key things that any successful company – or one that wants to be – has to do. [...]

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Agile and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance

I ride a Moto Guzzi motorcycle, pictured above. I love it. I am hooked. The exhilaration of being at one with the road, the sensory input and the feeling of freedom is the addiction that hooks [...]

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Put Away The Raid™ …Bugs Are Our Friends

I admit it. In real life bugs freak me out. Cockroaches? Disgusting and do not want them anywhere near me. Titan beetles… my skin just crawled. And of course do not even get me going on spiders. [...]

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