As you guys probably know, the Agile2016 conference is in Atlanta this year. What you might not know, LeadingAgile is in Atlanta as well. Given that the conference is in our home town, we’ve decided to throw a big, big party and all you guys are invited. LeadingAgile presents… Collective Soul with special guests Kick the Robot July 27, 2016 The Tablernacle, Atlanta, Ga Doors open 7:00 PM We’ve rented out the iconic Tabernacle, within walking distance of the conference, and have enlisted my favorite band in the whole world… Collective Soul… and one of my new favorite bands… Kick the Robot… to come…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 Branding 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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Cross-functional teams are a set of people (and sufficient tools) that have all the abilities to produce a complete increment of work. Cross-functional teams can self-organize to figure out the best way to complete that work. I call great cross-functional teams gravy because I grew up in the south and well, we put gravy on everything. An adaptable team can do a variety of things well. So Just like gravy you can pour them on mashed potatoes, but also the fried chicken too! It doesn’t mean we have cogs, but it does mean that they can adapt over time. They help…read more
Transformation! Agility! Antifragility! Scalability! Sustainability! . . . All conjure up different sensations! Coaches are catalysts for fostering success by partnering with clients in advancing their business outcomes. Fundamentally, coaches are students of Human Nature and Human Dynamics in the context of the Human Condition . . . Reality! As Tom Landry elegantly expressed: “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.” Some coaches leverage organic or mechanistic approaches, emphasize dynamics or mechanics,…read more
Are you exploring agile/lean management practices? Submit a draft agile/lean research paper or experience report by June 15, 2016 to the Agile/Lean mini-track at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)! The HICSS conference, sponsored by IEEE, brings together a broad cross-section of researchers in system sciences—including software development, social media, energy transmission, marketing systems, knowledge management and information systems. Agile and lean management practices apply to all of these fields.Influential papers on Scrum patterns, agile metrics, lean forecasting, qualitative grounded inquiry, distributed development and large-company experience reports have appeared in past years. HICSS 50 will be held January 4-7, 2017 at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Big Island, Hawaii.…read more
At our most recent sprint review, a team I’m coaching completed all but three stories. So at sprint review, we were trying to decide what to do with the stories and whether to move them into planning or split them. All three stories had outside dependencies. All three had completed tasks and two of them were still blocked by the dependencies. While there could be a lot of second-guessing as to how we got ourselves into this fix, the burning question at the time was what to do about the points. We looked at three possible scenarios: Moving the story…read more
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