About Jeff Hayes


Jeff is an agile coach, an agile trainer and an agile speaker, available to help organizations learn how to use agile frameworks – like scrum – to their greatest advantage.

Dev Team Performance: Rudimentary Skills

Posted by Jeff Hayes on May 8, 2020 in Agile


Before we get back to our discussion on scrum team performance, let’s take a look at a real world example of how agile works versus how waterfall works (or doesn’t). Coronavirus and…

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Scrum Team Performance: Overview

Posted by Jeff Hayes on March 6, 2020 in Agile


Who benefits from a scrum team that is formed with a clear understanding of the rules, roles, events and artifacts of scrum, accelerates its productivity in the short term, and continues to…

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Agile Coaching for Team Development

Posted by Jeff Hayes on January 23, 2020 in Agile


Generally speaking, scrum development teams benefit from specific performance improvement processes. And who better to help teams through such processes than an agile team coach? This post presents the critical skills needed…

Agile Coaching - Teams

Corporate Culture Drives Agile Transformation

Posted by Jeff Hayes on April 23, 2019 in Agile


What does it take for an organization to become “fully agile?” The short answer is desire: The desire to… Improve customer satisfaction Engage employees more fully Produce greater value for the organization…

Culture Drives Agile

Scrum Master Personality Types for Maximum Benefit

Posted by Jeff Hayes on March 27, 2019 in Agile


How does a company identify and hire an excellent scrum master (SM)? Finding the right kind of person assures an organization that it can exceed its average return-on-investment on “projects;” see Erin’s…

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Scrum, The Essential Agile Method for Software Development

Posted by Jeff Hayes on February 13, 2019 in Agile


Agile software development is iterative and incremental in nature as I discussed previously in Agile Methods Provide the Greatest Value to Organizations. Its earliest manifestation is probably in work performed by IBM…

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Agile Methods Provide the Greatest Value to Organizations

Posted by Jeff Hayes on January 30, 2019 in Agile


This is an introduction to agile thinking as it is realized by organizations in the process of getting things done – specifically as it relates to information technology – and to serve…

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Marketing 001: Show Up for the Party and Stick Around for Awhile

Posted by Jeff Hayes on October 3, 2017 in Business


In catching a recent performance by the Milwaukee-based musical group Dead Horses, a number of things came to mind that I’ll share with you. Dead Horses appeared on the 30-Minute Music Hour…

Show up for the party and stick around awhile: Marketing 001 - AlignTech Solutions

What Average Bounce Rate has to do with Garrison Keillor

Posted by Jeff Hayes on November 20, 2016 in Business


Perhaps you’re thinking, “Ok, I’ll bite. What does average bounce rate have to do with Garrison Keillor?” And perhaps also, “What in the heck is an average bounce rate?” Average Bounce Rate…

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What is Your ‘Writing Voice’ When You are Not the Writer?

Posted by Jeff Hayes on July 31, 2016 in Business


Most savvy businesspersons understand that ‘content is king,’ meaning that good, appropriate content is an important key to the success of marketing campaigns today. Where content production is concerned, these same businesspersons…

Your Writing Voice Defines You