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29Mar

The Balance of Coaching v. Mentoring on Agile

Embracing continuous improvement is critical for Agile teams, and an excellent way to pursue that goal is by tapping into the expertise and experiences of a mentor. Or a coach.

Wait.

Which is it? A mentor or a coach?

12Jan

Sococo Saves Sococo from the Pacific Northwest Snowstorms!

I’ve been the Sococo Software team ScrumMaster for a few months now, and this is my first distributed agile team. Every day, I am more and more delighted when I experience how Sococo makes our team feel like they are always together. With the recent heavy snowstorms on the west coast, I encountered a new situation that Sococo resolved, and reduced my ScrumMaster stress considerably. 

23Aug

Managing Requirements Across Cultures and Continents: Why It's Hard, and How to Make It Better

In our recent survey, 53% of the respondents indicated that miscommunication about managing requirements is a problem for their distributed team. This made it the top issue identified in the survey.
04Aug

A Race Against Time: Organizing with Agile Work Structures

According to Parkinson’s Law, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If I set aside the whole day to do something small, I’ll probably take more time to do each individual step: “Thus, an elderly lady of leisure can spend the entire day in writing and despatching a postcard to her niece at Bognor Regis.
27Jul

The Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 – Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution? (Day Two)

Not only is Atlanta hot, day two of the Audacious Salon session on Distributed Agile with the fantastic Mark Kilby and Michael Herman was smoking! Again, we filled up extremely early to the point where the staff basically has a bouncer outside the room to block access. There was a nice chunk of new participants and a good group of returnees who came back to continue this feisty, messy, and wonderfully chaotic discussion.
26Jul

The Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 — Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution?

We at Sococo are having a fun, busy and HOT (we’re in Atlanta) time here at Agile 2016. One of the main reasons we’re participating this year is to support the fabulous Mark Kilby and Michael Herman for their session in a brand new track called The Audacious Salon. Our topic? Distributed Agile: Delusion or Evolution? Yesterday was the first session and we were blown away by the results.
21Jul

Agile 2016 Survival Guide: Sococo’s Top Tips and Hot Picks

Last week we filled everyone in on our plans with SolutionsIQ for the Agile 2016 event, which is taking place from July 25-29 in the extremely warm city of Atlanta, Georgia. And since, we’ve been busily talking to our customers and partners who are attending as well as local insiders to get the scoop on what everyone is excited about and the hot events.
13Jul

Join Sococo at Agile 2016 for the Event of the Season

Agile 2016 is the event of the season for Agile practitioners, and Sococo is delighted to participate in this conference this year. In case you haven’t checked out the program yet, we are really excited to see so many solid learning tracks this year, including a whole track dedicated to Enterprise Agile with courses like “A Roadmap Towards an Agile Transformation” and “Technical Debt: Ok, It’s Bad. Now What Do We Do About It?”.
14Jun

The Third Wave of Agile

Agile methodologies have revolutionized the way software companies deliver their products. And what started out as a new way of collaborating for small teams of software developers has eventually developed to support larger Enterprise companies as part of the Scaled Agile Framework. Abstracting the concepts that made it effective for small groups to work with a “team of teams” marked the development of the second wave of Agile.