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What Makes Excella a Top Workplace?

Last week, Excella made The Washington Post Top Workplaces for the fourth year in a...

Change Management, Culture, DevOps

Managing a Culture of Change

In his book Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, Dr. Atul Gawande recounts the story...

Agile Coaching, Culture

Waterfall Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm syndrome: when the intimacy—albeit abusive and intimidating—of a prolonged captivity causes hostages to develop...

Agile, Best Practices, Culture

A Beneficial View of Hierarchy

In many parts of the Agile community, hierarchy is viewed as a necessary evil. Hierarchical...

Agile Coaching, Culture

Options vs. Constraints

One of the things I enjoy most about conferences is the opportunity to meet new...

Best Practices, Culture, DevOps

3 Types of Culture

We’ve all heard culture is vital to creating and sustaining a healthy organization. It was...

Agile, Best Practices, Culture, Scrum

The Agile Mindset: Being Before Doing

Is your organization Agile? When we ask this question to organizations we often hear that,...

Change Management, Culture

It’s Just Change… Why is Everyone Resisting?

Have you ever tried to implement a change initiative within your organization only to be...

Change Management, Culture

My Employees Aren’t Engaged… And It’s All Their Fault!

You say your employees are not engaged. They don’t attend events, and they do not...

Agile, Culture, Scrum

Why Your Scrum Team Is Failing and What You Can Do To Fix It

Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that Scrum doesn’t really seem to work for...

Agile Coaching, Culture

What Makes Agile Coaching Both Difficult & Important

Recently I participated in an internal coaching circle with several colleagues that focused on assessing...

Agile at Scale, Culture, SAFe, Scrum

Is a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Right For Us?

Where It All Started Two years ago I became a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC). Although...