2013 – Year in Review

Thank you to all of the Illustrated Agile readers who made 2013 so awesome. The reason Illustrated Agile exists is to encourage you in your journey as a change agent and for you to become a catalyst for introducing agility concepts and practices into your organization. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey with all of you in 2014…have a fantastic new year!

2013 Highlights
Most Shared Posts. How to Be an Amazing Agile Teammate (posted in October of 2012) with a close second to Going Agile? 5 Must Ask Questions for Leaders (also posted in October of 2012)

Most Viewed Post. Scrum Master Interview Questions (posted in June of 2012). The post bubbled to the top of the search engines early in the year. It appears many people were looking to become a Scrum Master in 2013!

The One Post to Read if You Are Just Starting an Agile Transformation. Making Your Agile Transformation Personal (January). People are often “forced” to a change or participate in a change initiative but it must be a uniquely personal experience for everyone.

My Favorite Posts to Write This Year. I couldn’t choose just one so here are a few of the posts that seemed to write themselves: Releasing Organizational Scar Tissue (June), Shaping Your Leadership Legacy (October), Working on a Beating Heart (May), Agile, The Amplifier (May), and Why the Rituals of Agile Matter (January).

The Leadership Engagement Model. Early in 2013, I posted a series 9 posts introducing key leadership topics crucial to organizations looking to improve culture and employee engagement in an agile environment. You can download this as a PDF file of all the post here.

Facebook Page. Don’t forget to like us! I’m hoping to post frequently here in 2014 and also include more pictures.

Site Redesign. New layout in 2013 with every post now accessible from the home page. Also included are new sections for Presentations, Downloads, and Sketches.

Here are all 41 posts from 2013:
Performance Cannot Be Managed, Only Inspired (Part 2)
Performance Cannot Be Managed, Only Inspired (Part 1)
How Much Does Your Process Weigh?
Meeting Resistance
The Tester and Conversations About Quality
Defending Your Position
Shaping Your Leadership Legacy
How to Make Sprint Reviews More Meaningful
Becoming a “Move Together” Team
Coaching a Controlling Scrum Master
4 Nonverbal Signals a Scrum Master Should Be Noticing
The Importance of Importance
A Wildly Swinging Pendulum
Four Characteristics of Memorable Mentors
Introducing the Agile Leadership Engagement Model E-Book
The Caring Leader and the Tour de France
Making Sprint Reviews Meaningful
The Required Boldness
Releasing Organizational Scar Tissue
The Business Analyst and an Agile Team
Working on a Beating Heart
Agile, The Amplifier
When Developers and Testers Collide
Personal Connection vs. Bringing Condemnation
Finding Organizational Flow (Part 9 of the Engagement Model)
Learning About Our Customers (Part 8 of the Engagement Model)
Preparing to Deliver (Part 7 of the Engagement Model)
Supporting Team Planning (Part 6 of the Engagement Model)
Encouraging the Organization (Part 5 of the Engagement Model)
Removing Big Impediments (Part 4 of the Engagement Model)
Delivering the Vision (Part 3 of the Engagement Model)
Building Out the Vision (Part 2 of the Engagement Model)
Creating the Organizational Vision (Part 1 of the Engagement Model)
Introducing the Agile Leadership Engagement Model
Encountering Team Turbulence
Conflicts and Collisions in an Agile Environment
Being a Catalyst for Change in a Large Organization
Why the Rituals of Agile Matter
Make Your Agile Transformation Personal
Becoming an Indispensable Leader in 2013
Becoming an Indispensable Scrum Master in 2013
Make Building Incredible Teams a Focus for 2013