Recently, I had the pleasure of co-training a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course with our resident Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Dave Prior. Dave is an awesome trainer and person and I couldn’t wait to see how he approached training. Here’s what I learned from him. The CSM Class The CSM class, as I describe it, is the type of class that you get out of it what you put in to it. If you are heavily engaged, it’s a game changer. If you aren’t, well you might leave as you came. To get past the engagement issue, Dave uses a variety of techniques…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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Recently, I was engaged in a lively conversation about enterprise agile transformations and the topic turned to Project Management Offices (PMOs) and, specifically, Project Managers (PMs). The gentleman I was speaking with said that in ideal agile, there is “no need for Project Managers”. His argument was that they are replaced by Product Owners, Delivery Teams, ScrumMasters, and/or Functional Managers. At first glance, there may appear to be merit to his statements. Let’s look at some of the evidence: In most agile methodologies and frameworks, there is no Project Manager role. In fact, there might not be projects at all.…read more
Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on how to increase personal agility. No, I’m not talking about doing somersaults or some crazy yoga poses. I’m speaking of the ability to focus on the delivery of value and be adaptable in what I do every day. When the Manifesto was written back in 2001, there were representatives from Extreme Programming, Scrum, DSDM, Adaptive Software Development, Crystal, Feature-Driven Development, Pragmatic Programming, and others present. They focused on values and principles that would improve how we do software development. But, can we apply the same practices to our personal lives? I’ve been looking…read more
“Resources” are fully allocated to capacity, “Features” are being developed, Stakeholders are happy – what could be better? Scratch the surface however, and this thin veneer of accomplishment begins to show the truth that lies right beneath. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it is almost always with the best intentions, but before you know it a functioning organization becomes a dysfunctioning one – how do we let this happen? Why does it happen again and again? Why don’t we recognize the difference? Let’s explore some patterns and solutions that can help us get out of the rut. Dysfunction 1: Output…read more
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
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