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
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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Since coming onboard with LeadingAgile, I am continuously learning more about Agile Transformation and the market for our services. Each day, I learn something new about why companies choose to work with us versus other consulting companies. LeadingAgile is different and here is why… The way businesses operate and survive in today’s market is constantly changing. Companies turn to Agile as a silver bullet, but it’s not. Tons of companies are trying and failing with Agile every day. They fail because they don’t see what it really takes to be successful. They have to start thinking differently about what it…read more
What I Believe If you want to increase productivity, I believe you need 3 key things. In a previous post, I wrote you needed ritual and motivation. After some reflection, I decided to update that. First, create a system to ensure you are always getting stuff done, regardless if you’re motivated (though it helps). Second, create rituals to follow within the system. Last, repeat those rituals until they become habits. System My system of choice, for my own work, is Kanban. It’s a method I use to manage everything I do. In short, Kanban is a visualization of value flowing through a system.…read more
What’s a Spike? Who should create it? And what should it look like in VersionOne? (Or in Agile Central, Pivotal Tracker, HP AGM, Jira, or your ALM tool.) Excellent questions! I thought I’d share my thoughts on the topic: What’s a Spike? Sometimes a story is too large or overly complex. Perhaps the implementation or a 3rd party tool or library is poorly understood. The team can’t estimate the story. Perhaps we’re unsure if we’ll be able to complete the story due to some potential blocker. In these cases, we might want to build a functional or technical experiment to figure it out.…read more
Have you ever needed to do some minor home repairs, and couldn’t find all your tools or all the materials and supplies you needed? Some items were where they belonged and others weren’t? Or you wanted to cook a meal, and you couldn’t find all the utensils or all the ingredients, because not everything had been put back in its proper place after the last use? When developing software, have you ever been in a situation where it was hard to find everything you needed? You know there was a list of standard identifiers for county-level taxing authorities somewhere. Was…read more
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