The True Value of the CSM

I was on a call with one of my Agile colleagues the other day and he mentioned that there are now over 300,000 Certified Scrum Masters. Should I be excited about this fact? While this is a great marketing achievement … Read More →


death to stock, larry apke, agile doctor,

Why You Are Agile Coaching at the Wrong Level

The way I go about choosing which blogs to write is a very simple process. During odd moments in the day, something someone says or does will trigger an idea. If I don’t capture the idea immediately, chances are that … Read More →


larry apke, agile doctor, agile, waterfall

Why Agile is Leadership & Waterfall is Management

As an agile coach who has had the wonderful opportunity to work with many diverse companies in many different fields, I can attest that one of the benefits of having a coach is having a wealth of experiences from which … Read More →


larry apke, agile doctor, team reflection

Agile Principles: Team Reflection Provides Growth

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly. I coach the majority of my teams by first modeling the behavior that I expect, allowing teams to copy that behavior … Read More →


larry apke, self-organizing teams, agile, scrum, scrum master

Agile Principles: Why You Need Self-Organizing Teams

I have often argued that the founders of Agile did not provide reasons why their approaches worked just that they did. Their was empirical evidence, proven by doing the work, or, as they state in the beginning of the manifesto … Read More →


larry apke, agile doctor, simplicity

Agile Principles: Simplicity is Essential

In 2002, Jim Johnson of the Standish Group (made famous by their Chaos Report of software project “success”) presented findings of features and functions used in a typical system. The number of features that were never or rarely used totaled … Read More →