The Unspoken Practice of Agility

By: Darren Hoevel Last week I hosted an Agile Lunch and Learn for a government client. As this client is relatively new to agile principles and practices, our Lunch and Learns have typically been about topics like Kanban, Story Writing, and Agile Roles. This time, however, I introduced everyone to…

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Agile in the Bathroom

When my husband and I bought our house a year and a half ago, we knew we’d eventually have to renovate all the bathrooms in our house, but most importantly, the master bathroom. Somewhere along the years the original 1960 speckled blue shower tile had been epoxy painted a shiny…

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Product Management: A Lost Art or the Holy Grail?

In the adoption of agile, organizations are transitioning from a project approach to a customer centric product delivery model. Now, teams faithfully participate in agile ceremonies: Testers dive deeply into automation scripts; Product Owners (POs) shuffle stories up and down the backlog; Business Analysts worry about story readiness; Program Managers…

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The Composition of High Performing Teams

By: Bryan Miles “Companies know that they derive greater creativity and innovation from teamwork – but what, they wonder, makes a great team?” – Margaret Heffernan A TEAM IN HARMONY “We need to do that section again.  Bryan, you’re late in the second measure and the intonation in that final…

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A Million Intentions and Two Years Later

We, the Pliant Solutions team, are beginning this blog with a little relief, a little angst, and a lot of humility. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. …and a deep exhale. For over two years we’ve intended to create this blog, and now we’re finally transitioning from conceptualization to the almighty DOING. I…

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