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Elena Yatzeck
Works at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Return of the Matrix: The Organization Around the Self Organization
Do you have a group of, say, 100 people, whom you want to organize optimally for a software delivery program?  Martin Fowler is famously on record saying that " scaling agile is the last thing you should do. " A better approach is to try to scale down your ...
Do you have a group of, say, 100 people, whom you want to organize optimally for a software delivery program?  Martin Fowler is famously on record saying that "scaling agile is the last thing you should do." A better approac...
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Battle Plans for the Self Disorganized
As agilists, we all hear a lot about self-organizing teams.  I'm pretty sure I have already aired several, probably conflicting, opinions about self-organizing teams, like " someone else should assign people to the teams and decide what they should do, and ...
As agilists, we all hear a lot about self-organizing teams.  I'm pretty sure I have already aired several, probably conflicting, opinions about self-organizing teams, like "someone else should assign people to the teams and d...
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Hey Mike!  I agree with you.  I really wanted to cross-apply advice from RDH to agile, and there were, sadly, a lot of hygienists saying the most important thing to do is a complete medical interrogation followed by the probing and shouting.

That said, I still think there's some radical insight here, which is that unless you plan to stay and coach a team forever, it's better to teams control as much of their changing as possible, as soon as possible, to make the changes stickier.

So maybe it's just a matter of degree, in terms of how much you tell people overtly what to do, and how much you can help the team members to discover a perspective for themselves which is upgraded from what they would have done on their own.
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PowerPoint for Those Who Must Use It
There's a lot out there about how to use MS-PowerPoint, starting with Edward Tufte's advice to NEVER NEVER use it .  An example from Edward Tufte of what you should do graphically, instead of using PowerPoint.  http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/minard But I ...
There's a lot out there about how to use MS-PowerPoint, starting with Edward Tufte's advice to NEVER NEVER use it.  An example from Edward Tufte of what you should do graphically, instead of using PowerPoint.  http://www.edwa...
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Patterns for Agile Transformation Success: How To Structure Your Agile Enterprise Without Doing a Gut Rehab
Mike Cottmeyer has re-emerged in the blogosphere, after a bit of a lull, with an electrifying series of posts about enterprise agile, one of which is entitled How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise .  I love the whole series, and especially this post, ancho...
Mike Cottmeyer has re-emerged in the blogosphere, after a bit of a lull, with an electrifying series of posts about enterprise agile, one of which is entitled How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise.  I love the whole series, ...
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3 Reasons Agile is Best in Cynical, Cutthroat Cultures
As agile divas coaches, we are prone to think things like:  "agile is never going to work in a company [like this one] with a horrible, toxic culture. [but I will take the money and give it a shot.  What the hey, it's job security.]."  In fact, "company phi...
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Staffing for Scaled Agile: Retention is Better Than Acquisition
As you begin your large-scale agile transformation, you may find yourself printing out posters of The Big Picture , jack-hammering cube walls into pulp, and negotiating an awesome corporate site license for an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool.  P...
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2013 Public Engagements: 
  • Speaker:  "Risk Management in the Agile Lifecycle," Chicagoland PMI Chapter, 3rd Annual Professional Development Day:  Mastery Beyond the Triple Constraints, November 1, 2013, Rolling Meadows, IL.
  • Speaker:  Agile By Numbers:  KPI-Driven Agile Transformation for the Enterprise, Agile 2013 Conference, August 5-9, 2013, Nashville, TN.
  • Panelist, "How To Build High Performance Teams," Chicagoland PMI Chapter, 8th Annual Chicagoland Leadership Forum, May 16, 2013, Hamburger University, Oakbrook, IL.
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Elena remembers most of her 25 years in IT, and while this window to the past is still open, she would like to let it be known that she has never coded onto punch cards nor seen a vacuum tube in use.  She did do some coding on some funky magnetic cards one time, but that was in HIGH SCHOOL.  Today she is paid to fire up and channel corporate enthusiasm for effective software delivery practices around the globe.
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Waubee Cup, Camp Nanabosho, 1973.
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  • The University of Chicago
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