November post; Charlie; you and your team are PIGS!

Thanks!  Coming from you this means a lot to us all!

Of course we’re speaking in agile terms of “pigs and chickens”

In the context of ham and eggs, the pig is (well) very much committed to the dish while the chicken is just involved.

When practicing agile methodologies, or more specifically recurring sprints and daily scrum sessions; pigs are welcome but chickens need not apply.

What does this mean?

Agile methodologies are based on leaderless teams where each individual within the team is fully committed to the sprint (or next deliverable) hence being the pig.

A project manager could be committed to the overall project as a whole but is ONLY INVOLVED in the actual recurring sprint(s)  hence being the chicken.

The PM is not requested or even invited to speak at the daily agile stand up scrum sessions.  In fact this is an anti pattern and must be avoided.

The daily scrum sessions are strictly for the pigs.  The scrum master must ensure this or the sprint will suffer.  Agile sprints are planned down to the 6 – 8 hour task level, meaning each and every day tasks are completed.  Any “chicken” interference will put this and therefore the sprint at risk.

Practicing agile methodologies WILL result in a 25% efficiency and delivery improvement.  FYI; this is huge!

Not only will you be saving time, money and even resources; you’ll be looked upon to consistently deliver more with less; to deliver as a partner and not just a resource.

When the going gets tough (if not already, it will) who becomes the go to person for consistent cost efficient delivery; the resource or the partner?

At work, are you a chicken or a pig; a resource or a partner?

Let me know;


Also… comments and discussion always welcome on prior posts.

About clobosco4468

Charlie Lobosco is a Corporate Technology Executive, Shared Leadership Expert, Agile Coach and trainer with lessons learned in over (20) Fortune ranked Corporations since 1973! Charlie is Co-Founder (with Eva Lewandowski) of the VisionOp Group LLC a consulting, coaching and training company. For more go to
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