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Using Lean Startup For Agile Adoption

While at AgileIndy 2015 today, I had the opportunity to hear someone who I respect immensely, Mike Cottmeyer of Leading Agile, speak about his thoughts on Agile Transformation. Mike really gets it, and expresses his thoughts on the matter eloquently and with such impact. 

While listening to him speak, I remembered this piece I wrote back in December 2014, and wanted to share it. It's not directly related to his talk, but there are some parallels and shared opinions.  

I play a lot in the space of Lean Startup, but I also come from an Agile/ agility background. When asked to write a piece for an e-book a few months ago, I thought - why don't I combine my backgrounds in these two things and talk about how to adopt agile using a lean startup approach? 

So I did. 

And here's what I wrote. I'd love your thoughts and feedback. Mike, thanks for inspiring me to post this!

What Can Lean Startup Teach Us About Agile Adoption?


Agile Indy 2015: Things Are Getting Personal


Agile Indy 2015: Things Are Getting Personal

This Friday, April 17th, I will be speaking at Agile Indy, which is an agile conference organized and held by the great agile community in Indianapolis. 

There are going to be some amazing speakers and agilists there who I have the honor of sharing the stage with.

My talk was inspired by a blog post I wrote a while back titled "My Agile Is Better Than Your Agile", and expands on my thoughts on the topic.

But why did I choose to speak About this topic?

Honestly, I believe we are at a point in the lifecycle of agility where a solid retrospective is in order. 

As part of my talk, I plan on talking about some of the ways extremism has impacted my personal life, and its impact on my personal journey and evolution of thought over time.

Although not as extreme, I hope this background helps shed some light on why the divisions that occur within and without the agile community are such a big deal to me. 

If you're going to be there, I hope you come say hi and share your thoughts with me on the talk. 

If not, I hope to have some video of the talk that I promise to post up afterwards. 

See you in Indy!

Follow the conference hashtag at #AgileIndy15, or the official conference Twitter account @AgileIndyConf. Thanks for your support!