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Don’t wait for the perfect time.  Start by visualizing the work.
 
Don’t wait for the perfect time. Start by visualizing the work.
If you’re waiting for the perfect time to start an agile initiative or to launch a pilot program, you may be waiting quite for a while. You’re just going to jump in and start untangling the hairball of workstreams, roles, and Work in Progress (WIP).
Certifiably Certified
 
Certifiably Certified
By: Darren Hoevel I’m up to something like 5,000 contacts on LinkedIn (I’m a people person, damnit!).  It’s safe to say, I don’t have close professional relationships with all of them… yet.  Still, I was a little surprised when I shared some thoughts in a post a few months ago that someone responded by saying,…
The Unspoken Practice of Agility
 
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 mindfulness. One person raised their…
When Your Scrum Team is Not Delivering
 
When Your Scrum Team is Not Delivering
Sometimes the art IS in how perfectly you can follow a framework. Following the “rules” is especially important when your scrum team is not improving or when your “doing” agile and still can’t seem to deliver. Most likely, your team’s practices go against the values and principles (the framework, the rules) of agile
The Composition of High Performing Teams
 
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 chord isn’t lining up.…
Leadership’s Role in Creating Conversations for Performance and Change
 
Leadership’s Role in Creating Conversations for Performance and Change
Pliant Solutions would like to extend a huge Thank You! to all who attended our first Agile Innovation Series session at the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center!   “Inspiration, mentor, and ‘Marsha groupie'” are just a few terms used to describe Marsha Acker’s influence and the impact she’s had on those around her. Not only was…

Upcoming Dare to Lead Courses

Based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ teaches you the collection of four courage-building skills that are teachable, measurable, and observable, and by the end of the course you will be able to move from armored leadership to daring leadership! Check out the details of our two-day course, then join us at one of our upcoming sessions in the D.C. Metro area.


February 11 - 12, 2019
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April 21 - 22, 2019
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June 2 - 3, 2019
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Be sure to catch Darren Hoevel at Agile Charm in Baltimore, MD on February 13, 2020!

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