Michael Dougherty

Opinions expressed by ICN authors are their own.

Michael Dougherty is a seasoned agile practitioner and trainer with more than 12 years of experience, and he has been bringing “order from chaos” as an IT consultant for more than 24 years. As the former vice president of the Agile Leadership Network in Houston, Texas, Michael has a passion for process and has spoken on several topics, including technical debt and agile checklists.

Michael is currently the national project manager at Magenic, leading a massive training program for the company's offshore and delivery center consultants.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Michael Dougherty and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Should you trust those agile charts?

The Agile PMO

The Agile PMO

How the project management office can become a supporting organization that improves delivery efficiency and provides delivery transparency.

Getting your environment right

Getting your environment right

Devops applies not only to production environments, but new greenfield development projects as well. Without stable, highly automated development, testing, QA and staging environments, your delivery teams will be bogged down in major...

The product owner is king

The product owner is king

For building valuable software, the product owner is the king of delivery. The product owner determines the efficiency of the product delivered and the benefit to end users. Do not undervalue the importance of a product owner at risk...

The opposite of agile

The opposite of agile

Ever looked at the antonyms of the word agile? By thinking about what it means to be agile, or the opposite of agile, in the context of Agile (with a capital A) delivery, enterprises can identify improvements by focusing on what...

Five ways to beat the project transition blues

Five ways to beat the project transition blues

Transitioning from sales to delivery for an IT project is an age-old challenge. Learn five ways to improve your chances of having a successful delivery by focusing on these transition tactics.

Story point normalization -- what's the point?

Story point normalization -- what's the point?

Story pointing, estimation, planning poker and velocity are all difficult concepts to grasp from a leadership level, so how can delivery help leadership better understand when a project with be done consistently across the entire...

Slimming down to Essential SAFe

Slimming down to Essential SAFe

How to scale your delivery process using the lean agile concepts of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) but simplifying it to its essential components via Essential SAFe for quicker and easier adoption as a first step in business...

The art of maximizing work not done

The art of maximizing work not done

How should your technology organization decrease wasteful work? Following lean and agile principles will guide the way. Increase flow and decrease variability using Donald Reinertsen's techniques.

Are you building the right solution?

Are you building the right solution?

Bringing the right product that provides value to your end users warrants an Agile process in discovering whether the solution being built will be used. Using lean principles and kaizen to validate ideas with end users saves costly...

When will the product be done?

When will the product be done?

Clearly knowing the schedule and budget for delivering an Agile based project is challenging. Using story pointing, velocity charts and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) also known as Minimum Viable Set (MVS) are key methods to minimize...

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