As a coach and committed Agile Evangelist, I spend most of my time convincing the software organization that they are actually part of the business. In this role, I also help with interpretations of Software / Technical jargon to business speak. Here are 5 of my favorite IT Director phrases: We are going to make the date at all cost. Refining requirements with business partners is bureaucratic and slow. It is up to the Operational team to clean up the process. We will work with DevOps to smooth out deployments. This new technology will speed up delivery once we re-write…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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I recently wrote a blog post addressing the fallacy that Project Managers are not needed in Enterprise Agile transformations. Reflecting on that post, it got me thinking about other misconceptions I’ve seen and am regularly asked about by my clients. Here are the ones I hear the most, and my attempt to clear up some common misconceptions. Fallacy #1: “We don’t need documentation, we’re Agile!” This fallacy I hear all the time. It stems from the Agile Manifesto value “Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation”. Many people read that and believe that we just want to code and not provide documentation. …read more
What do some vegetarians and some agilists have in common? It sounds like the setup of a bad joke, doesn’t it? Actually, some believe their practice is best and you are wrong for doing things differently. Well, at least that’s my first hand experience. Over the weekend, I overheard a conversation while we were dining out. So-and-so isn’t a real vegetarian. She eats fish. It was a little deja vu to me. Just days earlier I overheard a similar conversation. So-and-so isn’t really doing Scrum. They use a Product Owner team. So, what’s our deal? Should I stop eavesdropping on people or…read more
Every week I have to get ready for my call with my coach and it is unlike almost everything else I do. Every other conversation I have is, if not predictable, then at least familiar territory. Not so with my coach; the conversation can quickly go somewhere unexpected and nearly always does. The discovery is usually fun and I come away feeling energized with a new perspective. I am reminded every time I’m preparing, of the Zen Master and the teacup. As the story goes, a successful businessman seeks wisdom from a Zen Master who then pours tea for him…read more
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