There is a natural tension between the predictability an organization needs in order to plan and budget and the adaptability it also needs to accommodate for change and the unknowns. At the outset of a new project, especially if it is using new technologies, there can be an order of magnitude difference between how long we think it will take and what it really ends up taking. This is frustrating and even infuriating for anyone in charge of a budget. We all do our best to estimate and plan and to nail down as many unknowns as possible. Traditionally, we…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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A couple of years ago, Mike Cottmeyer wrote a blog post on How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise. He contended at scale we need to organize teams around capabilities. He referenced refactoring legacy architecture into a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). We have proven this with many of our clients over the last couple of years. We want to organize around products and their capabilities. A capability is an outcome-based view of what the product does. In other words, products, features, or services can be capabilities. As you design your organization, you can use SOA principles to structure around these capabilities.…read more
Have you ever gone out with your friends to a karaoke bar and watched someone, who did not speak English, sing the best Bon Jovi Livin on a Prayer you have ever heard, just short of seeing Bon Jovi live back in 1987? I’ve seen both. Have you ever worked with or for someone who follows a process or framework to the letter but does not have the first clue why they are doing what they are doing? Again, I’ve seen it. The major difference is one is singing a song for personal entertainment and the other is potentially wasting time, money, and…read more
Agile practitioners often fail to realize that 99.9% of society has never heard Agile terminology. As I recently hosted Agile Baltimore Lean Coffee, I heard very smart people use terms like sprints, Scrum, Kanban, Agile, and stories. They described waste as muri, muda, and mura. To top it off, they described learning as shu, ha, and ri. This was all just casual conversation. One fellow at the table was new to the group and asked, what specifically do all of those things mean? Though everyone was eager to clarify, I think there may have been a little embarrassment as well. Before you go super…read more
FizzBuzz is a simple programming problem that’s often used in an interviewing context or as the basis for exploring the nuances of test-driven development. It can be useful for purposes like those, as the problem itself isn’t so complicated that it gets in the way of the goal; either vetting very basic programming skills or providing an excuse to practice coding technique. In either case, the resulting FizzBuzz solution isn’t the point of the exercise. When used as an interviewing tool, the purpose is to find out whether the candidate has even the most rudimentary programming skills. Many people are…read 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.