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Comment on A Litmus Test for Agility by Jerry Doucett

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:17:29 +0000

To answer your question Jose, yes, I absolutely agree that an auto-assessment is biased. Then again, show me a single test that is not biased, whether it be a self-assessment or a supposed independent critical third party evaluation. No matter how hard we try, humans will always extrapolate and make assumptions based on our own personal experiences and perceptions. Whether we are willing to admit it or not we are all looking at the world through a bias, all the time. The best we can do is try to limit bias as much as possible, or just simply be honest with ourselves (which this self-test requests) and embrace the results with a learning mindset and a willingness and desire to improve. Meanwhile, if someone is not willing to be honest with themselves when conducting a self-assessment like this then I ask what is the point of taking the test? There are no Agile Police and no one will criticize someone for doing poorly on this test, so would someone lie to themselves simply to stroke their own ego, or perhaps obtain some self-satisfaction or self-reward? If so, good for them for leveraging their positive self-serving bias. As a result of purposefully introducing a positive self-serving bias into a self-assessment the individual will not likely have any real opportunity to improve, but they will likely get an awesome test score. So two fundamental questions to answer honestly before taking the test are - 1) "What is your true reason for taking the test?", and 2) "What would you rather have; an awesome score, or an opportunity to learn and improve?" The answers to those two questions will indicate how aligned you are to an Agile mindset.



Comment on A Litmus Test for Agility by New PM Articles for the Week of November 13 – 19 - The Practicing IT Project Manager

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:01:10 +0000

[…] Jerry Doucett shares a litmus test for getting your organization on track to being Agile (as opposed to doing Agile). 7 minutes to read. […]



Comment on A Litmus Test for Agility by Jose Huerta

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:25:54 +0000

Don't you think that an auto-assessment is biased by definition? It's not a statement, but an open question... I don't really know.



Comment on The Planning Game – An Estimation Method for Agile Teams by Karissa

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:28:11 +0000

This is the right website for everyone who hopes to understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic which has been discussed for decades. Excellent stuff, just great!



Comment on 24 Common Scrum Pitfalls Summarized by Avoiding Common Pitfalls – Article – Project Management 101

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:40:59 +0000

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Comment on The Art of Agile Learning Events 101: Thoughts on Good Teaching by New PM Articles for the Week of October 30 – November 5 - The Practicing IT Project Manager

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:01:02 +0000

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Comment on Pitfall of Scrum: Assigning Tasks by Wallace

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:30:23 +0000

Pair programming would help alot in this situation. Pair an experienced developer up with the less experienced programmer. Have a subtask in the story that shows the role of mentor, as well as subtasks for the work. Account for more hours spent on this task (experienced developer could do it faster by themselves), but elaborate to everyone the benefits (knowledge transfer).



Comment on Pitfall of Scrum: Assigning Tasks by Wallace

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:27:30 +0000

Various tools keep track of participation. Source control shows who is committing code, Jira shows who is assigned to subtasks. Fisheye helps show activity.



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Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:52:40 +0000

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Comment on Build Positive Relationships With Trust in Your (Work) Life by The Grindstone of Agility Happens Here - A Positive View of the Future - Agile Advice

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:22:52 +0000

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