People who know me well might be surprised to learn I’ve accepted full-time employment. I’m sort of an independent-minded person. So, here’s why. (It’s characteristically long-winded, so skip it if you wish.) Backstory In 2002, I was working as an enterprise architect at a mid-to-large-ish financial services holding company that operated banks, mortgage lenders, investment firms, and so forth. That was my 25th year in the information technology field. I had reached such a point of frustration with the growing bureaucracy of IT organizations that my wife and I were looking into alternatives, like franchise businesses (Main Event, etc.). Then…read more
Adopting agile is never about adopting agile practices. It’s not even about adopting an agile culture. While those things are important, if you don’t achieve better business outcomes, adopting agile is not worth the investment. Your journey toward greater business agility starts by identifying what outcomes are most important to your company’s success. This knowledge helps you lay a foundation for making decisions about how to tailor your approach and guide your transformation to measurably show progress toward your critical business objectives.
Agile tends to focus on adaptability, but predictability is most often cited as the reason for an agile transformation.
As organizations scale, product quality often suffers. Agile focuses on quality from requirements through implementation.
Many organizations struggle with 18 month delivery cycles. Agile helps your team accelerate time to market and revenue.
Cost savings are tough to promise, but agile can help make sure you are only spending money on the features most likely to generate revenue.
As companies grow sometimes they slow down and lose the ability to innovate. Agile can help you get back your competitive edge.
Delivering on time is only important if you are delivering the right product. Agile can help you get the feedback you need.
We start by helping you take a look at what your company values from a planning perspective and comparing that against what your customer values from a delivery perspective. Organizations often find themselves operating in ways that don’t align with the goals of their customers. They might try to adopt agile to get things in sync, but end up out of alignment with how the rest of their company does business. Getting everyone working together is a process that can be planned and executed with clearly defined goals and measurable outcomes.
Far too often agile is sold as a predefined set of roles, artifacts, and ceremonies, and when those roles, artifacts, and ceremonies don’t work in your organization, it’s somehow your fault. The problem is that adopting agile is more about creating the conditions for agile to thrive rather than simply teaching people a new process or a new way of thinking. Adopting agile is about forming teams, building backlogs, and regularly producing working tested product increments. Transformation is about systematically removing barriers to making that happen.
Making the journey involves defining a team based organizational structure, a governance model to coordinate value, and a metrics strategy to guide and shape your transformation activities. We help you craft a pilot approach to exercise the structure, validate the framework, and challenge any assumptions made during planning. Metrics guide and inform our progress and help to shape the remainder of the transformation. Finally, we prepare your team with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustain the changes after our consultants have moved on.
LeadingAgile facilitates the process by providing a unique blend of service offerings designed to help you define, implement, and sustain your agile transformation. Consulting and Media provide the foundation to implement the LeadingAgile change management approach. Training and Talent help you build the necessary infrastructure to find, hire, and develop your people as the organization grows. Studios and Labs work side by side with you to sustain the change, build products, and create innovative new solutions for your market.
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Hey everyone… thought it was worth noting that LeadingAgile had our six year anniversary this week. It’s been a hell of a run from just Dennis and I to over 60 people. I want to thank all the loyal readers of this blog… our customers… our employees… and all the awesome folks that have guided and supported us along the way. You guys have been great. Thank you!read more
If you missed Mike Cottmeyer’s presentation at Agile 2016 last week, you can check out the video podcast interview we did with him following his session. On the first day of the conference, Mike presented his session – An Executive’s Step-by-Step Guide to Leading Large-Scale Agile Transformation. The presentation was well attended with over 400+/- attendees in the audience. Thanks again to everyone who made it out to Mike’s talk. Agile 2016 Slide Deck If you’d like to check out Mike’s presentation deck from Agile 2016, you can find it here. Once the actual presentation is posted to the Agile Alliance website we’ll have…read more
This week Atlanta is hosting the biggest Agile event ever put together. There are 2,500 people attending Agile 2016! If you weren’t able to make it, you don’t have to miss out. LeadingAgile is doing video podcast interviews with the speakers and thought leaders who are helping to reshape the way we work. You can watch the videos on Vimeo or Facebook. And keep checking back… we’ll be posting new videos all week long.read more
In case anyone is interested, here is my talk from Monday’s session at Agile 2016. Thanks to everyone that made it out. Had a great time. The Executives Guide from Mike Cottmeyerread more
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If you’re ready to get started, or even if you’d just like more information, the first step is to reach out and let us know you’d like to talk. Our team will setup a quick call to learn more about your organization, what you’d like to accomplish, as well as your budget and how soon you’d like to get started. Next we’ll put you on the phone with Mike, Dennis, or Jim to dive a little deeper into your goals and current challenges. If we both think there is an opportunity to help, next step is to get in a room to talk and explore our approach in more detail.