SendGrid’s history with Agile

I thought I'd highlight the milestones SendGrid has had in our Agile journey. Ground Zero When I started at SendGrid in May 2011, the organization was on the verge of adopting Agile and Rally's agile software solution. In other words, the decision to move to Agile had been made prior to my start. (In fact, it was

Now with more Meetups

Introducing the newest meetup: Agile Coffee - OC. I've been meaning to start this group since Stuart & I went up to San Fran for the SF Agile conference last May. There we met Jim Benson (Personal Kanban) and were introduced to Lean Coffee as a forum for discussing Lean, Kanban, Agile, limiting WIP, visualizing workflow, and

notes from retro: reducing distractions

By our Agile cadence at SendGrid, team retrospectives (and demos) fall every other Tuesday. Today one of my teams is coming up with a focused set of actions to try to solve the problem of distractions / context-switching. This team deals with many of our system-critical services (mail processing and delivery), so it's staffed with really smart

new year, new projects – a fresh start

With the new year comes a fresh new crop of initiatives targeted for the upcoming twelve months. And those initiatives ain't gonna drive themselves to completion. This is where the project manager / scrummaster steps in resolutely and takes control. First, the tech leads of each team get together with the SMs and POs and hold a

Hello coffee!

Agile coffee, indeed.  I've had no fewer than three cups today. Resolutions for 2013: no more discussing coffee, today make most of Mike Cohn's day with us talk through my retrospectives at SendGrid get out into the community talking about agile principles OHIO - only hit it once! That's what's brewing. Let's make 2013 our