Becoming Agile: Evidence Based Management

Hearing a senior executive announce "We're committed to becoming agile!" Agile transformation, you would surmise, is a done deal with the higher-ups. Hence there's no great mystery why executives would appear to be pulling in the direction of agile change. .

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Agile Leadership — A Brief Overview of Concepts and Ideas

TL; DR: Agile Leadership. I recently started aggregating my notes, links, and references related to agile leadership to understand better what it — in the context of an agile transition — may look like. Agile Leadership: Success Criteria for Organizational Change.

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Why focus on velocity inhibits agility

What does velocity refer to? Let us examine a system diagram that shows the link between the strength of DoD and organizational agility. That could be called organizational agility — being able to quickly change the direction of a Product’s development.

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Is Scrum hurting your agility?

By now, most organisations are using Scrum, however, many of them feel like the agility of their organisation has degraded, and they might be right! Whereas low agility Scrum might actually hurt your agility. Three symptoms that indicate low-agility Scrum. References.


Agile Myth: “Agile Means No Planning and No Documentation”


It is widely known in the software development industry that Agile values “working software” over “extensive documentation.” This leads to the common misconception that Agile does not believe in documentation. Agile encourages “just enough” documentation as is required for the project.

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Explaining Agile to Stakeholders


If your business strives to be Agile, there is a chance you will run into the challenge of getting stakeholders involved and keeping them engaged. Agile is essentially a way of how you look at and think about knowledge work. Agile is a mindset. There are many ways sources that businesses can refer to when striving to be more Agile, but expressing these technical terms to stakeholders may not be as meaningful. An Agile Mindset Rundown.

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One Shocking Thing Many Agile Coaches Are Getting Wrong

Many Agile coaches and Scrum Masters believe they know best. The rest of you are probably thinking, "Oh great… another Agile guy throwing that Taylor name around again." If you're one of those Taylorism-bashing-Agile-coaches, you're likely thinking, "That's not Taylorism!

Getting to 85 - Agile Metrics with ActionableAgile (p. 2)

In the first part of Getting to 85 – Agile Metrics with ActionableAgile we looked at the Cycle Time Scatterplot as generated by ActionableAgile software. CFD Agile Metrics for Estimation. Referring to that number as the Cycle Time is plain wrong for a simple reason.

Accenture | SolutionsIQ Expands Business Agility Into Europe


Today, we are taking a huge step towards strengthening our Business Agility Transformation offering. We are proud and excited to share this announcement on the coat tails of a fantastic reception at the Business Agility Conference in beautiful Vienna, Austria.

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Product Leader – Not (only) agile


The Product Owner or product leader position is one of the most demanded positions in the market today; most companies understand how critical it is to have someone that holds a clear view of the product and can prioritize user stories in the agile team. Long story short, a product leader position is necessary for an agile team, but product management has been there since long ago – and regardless of the methodology there have been success stories and failures in the past.

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Pitfalls of Agile Transformations


“We are a conservative company, so we are just starting our agile transformation,” the manager told me. I wondered how much of what we have learned in the last decade will inform this budding agile transformation. Agile without a strong technology base is usually a mistake.

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Recording of webinar on ORGANIC agility


On April 8, Agile Gothenburg hosted me for a webinar titled Beyond the Mass Production of Agile at Scale! I then moved on to exploring the holistic view of ORGANIC agility® which allows organizations to grow and evolve like a natural thing.

Scaling agile - up or out


Friend: So in short - they too need to scale their agile initative. Scaling agile has to be the term that I’ve seen most discussions, posts, comments and conversations about the last couple of years. My guess is that many times people talking about scaling agile mean scaling UP but worse I think that most times we have not decided. Agile teams. Now imagine that we have a hugely sucessful agile little team; the payment team. Agile Lean Life of a consultant

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Contracting for Agile Software Development Efforts

The Agile Manifesto statement of “Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation” is less than helpful when it comes to writing contracts for projects to be worked in an Agile fashion. Contracting for Agile software development projects continues to be a major organizational impediment. These new Agile contracts must include the concept of a delivery cycle. 1] The Product Backlog is the Agile equivalent to Waterfall requirements.

Transforming to an Agile Mindset, Part 1


Once, over beers late into the evening in an old European pub not far from his office, an executive shared with me his personal Agile mindset transformation journey. It is an account that I have found representative of many when they begin to lead Business Agility transformation.

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The Relationship Between DevOps & Agile: “It’s Complicated”


If Agile and DevOps had Facebook pages, their relationship status would say: “It’s complicated”. I know companies that consider DevOps to be part of Agile, I know companies where it’s the other way around. Agile Emerges.

Transforming to an Agile Mindset, Part Two


Recently I was conducting a Design Thinking and Agile Learning workshop with a group of seasoned consultants. What Makes Up the Agile Mindset? For Agile I refer to the Five Scrum Values. Today far more of the complex unknown unknowns we face need an Agile approach.

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Shu Ha Ri: a Chef Metaphor for Agile Learning

Storm Consulting

The Shu Ha Ri Agile metaphor. There is no Agile equivalent to the role of Head chef. Agile teams need a Chef. Many teams struggle with the transition from plan-driven methods (such as waterfall) to Agile. A typical response in Agile training courses is. “it

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The ART of Transforming Healthcare with Business Agility


In this article, I want to share my experiences helping a major healthcare payer see the value of transforming to a business agility mindset so that they could achieve their desired outcome of making it easier and less painful for doctors to process claims and get paid. References.

Agile Requirements: The only constant is change


The use of an Agile Requirements Management Tool is recommended, but you must remember the manifesto: “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools” While the use of a tool can unburden your memory, the real value, when it comes to gathering and managing requirements, is to talk to people. JIRA Agile : Good for building a backlog, planning each iteration’s work and visualizing team activity and progress. Roles within the agile team. References.

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Agile Q&A with Scaled Agile Expert Dean Leffingwell

CollabNet VersionOne

For years VersionOne has taken its role seriously in furthering agile research for the betterment of the software development industry. The State of Agile Report is one great example. For 12 years straight we’ve surveyed practitioners, IT leaders, executives and everyone in between to find out who is using agile, how they are using it and why. Where is agile bringing benefit and where is it falling short? Looking back now, there was a time when Agile seemed so new.

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Writing an Agile Article for a Proper Journal

Storm Consulting

The work of the agile business analyst is never done is one of the conclusions reached in my first agile article for online journal InfoQ User Stories Are Placeholders for Requirements. An agile article is not a blog posts. Read the full agile article on InfoQ here.

Transforming to an Agile Mindset, Part 2


Recently I was conducting a Design Thinking and Agile Learning workshop with a group of seasoned consultants. What Makes Up the Agile Mindset? For Agile I refer to the Five Scrum Values. Today far more of the complex unknown unknowns we face need an Agile approach.

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Changing the Culture by Changing Habits

Agile Alliance

By Jutta Eckstein and John Buck We hear people often say that an Agile transformation implies a culture change and that this culture change refers actually to a change of the mindset. Mindset enterprise agile

What Makes A Good Stakeholder?


In an IT setting, these may be referred to as desirements, a processing task or type of output that is desired, but not absolutely necessary.) Stay Agile. Agile 3back agile agile coaching Agile Courses agile training feedback Interested Bystanders product scrum stakeholders

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The Role of Agile Managers: Why Job Titles Are Dangerous

Agile Pain Relief Notes from a Tool User

Managers transitioning from waterfall to Agile will need to renegotiate their relationship with their teams if they are to succeed. A manager cannot simply become an Agile Manager – a big part of a transition requires a rethinking of how job titles are assigned and the leadership responsibility that comes with them. I was recently approached by a client who asked about effective Agile Organizational Structure. References.

Agile Architecture: It’s Not a Free-for-All


I’ve been thinking about Agile architecture recently, since a seasoned consultant friend (Payson Hall of Catalysis, Inc.) As a former developer I am completely on board with Agile principles as a means of organizing a development team.

What Makes A Good Stakeholder?


In an IT setting, these may be referred to as desirements, a processing task or type of output that is desired, but not absolutely necessary.) Stay Agile. Agile 3back agile agile coaching Agile Courses agile training feedback Interested Bystanders product scrum stakeholders

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FluencyByDesign Game is a Bootleg Copy of Agile Fluency Game

James Shore

I was shocked and disappointed to learn yesterday that Steve Holyer has made an unauthorized copy of The Agile Fluency * Game called "The FluencyByDesign * Simulation." Steve Holyer replaced our name, trademark, and branding with his own and sold copies of his version for thousands of euros. * "Agile Fluency" is a trademark of James Shore and Diana Larsen. The Agile Fluency Project , which I co-founded with Diana Larsen, is the only authorized publisher of the Agile Fluency Game.

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The 3rd Decade of Agile – The Cathedral and the Bazaar

Net Objectives

My #Agile2019 talk discussed what’s next for Agile to improve its offerings at scale. I am referring to Raymond’s book “The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary” which discusses how the Bazaar (Open … Continue reading "The 3rd Decade of Agile – The Cathedral and the Bazaar". Agile at ScaleThe most significant of these is the shift from the Cathedral to the Bazaar.

What role do value streams play in your approach?

Net Objectives

I am referring to Lean’s (not SAFe’s) definition of the value stream – the set of actions that take place to add value to a customer from the initial request to delivery. Lean Agile Adoption Lean-AgileThe value stream begins with the initial concept, moves through various stages for one or more development teams and on through final delivery … Continue reading "What role do value streams play in your approach?".

How to use IT4IT and SAFe to increase release velocity


You can use The Open Group’s IT4IT Reference Architecture to deploy agile at enterprise scale, using either SAFe or other scalable agile methods—and that's exactly what our team did. Enterprise IT, IT Ops, IT4IT, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe

Does your approach create an organizational operating system?

Net Objectives

The term organizational operating system refers to standard, organization-wide collection of business processes used throughout the organization. Lean Agile Adoption Lean-AgileThe definition has also been extended to include the common structure, principles and practices necessary to drive the organization. Many organizations adopt a framework to achieve this.

Memory leaks in iOS


Since there are no references to it, there’s now no way to release it and the memory can’t be used again.” Automatic reference counting (ARC). These references may be weak or strong, when a strong reference to an instance is declared, this counter increases by 1.

Leader-less Scrum?


Is the idea of recognized leaders something you think belongs to the waterfall world, not agile? Some people were trained that in Scrum the only acceptable uses of leader refer the Scrum Master’s servant leadership or Dev team members’ situational leadership.


Building a Self-Managed Shared Data Experience


Now we are releasing the reference architecture for you build your own self-managed SDX foundation for all your cloud-based data and analytics applications. Cloud data on a universal platform, built together from the beginning, that is ready for you to be active and agile in discovering new insights. Cloud aws catalog cloud governance reference architecture SDX securityCloud promises many advantages as an environment for machine learning and analytics.

What is Risk Attitude of Stakeholders?


Risk attitude is influenced by the following three factors: Risk appetite: refers to how much uncertainty the stakeholder or organization is willing to take on. Risk threshold: refers to the level at which a risk is acceptable to the stakeholder organization.